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My name is Aaron Wanserski and I'm the Video Game Outreach Director for the Center for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

I'm a pretty normal guy, outgoing, fun, nerd, (yes that is my wedding photo :), but I realized things were not exactly how I wanted them to be. I was a police officer for 12 years before I decided to help people in a different way. Mental illness is something that many people suffer in silence from, including myself, but it’s rarely talked about.

I was able to connect with The Center for Suicide Awareness and create a podcast for them as another way to break the stigma. The theme/slogan for our podcast is “everyone has a story”. You don’t have to be famous to have a story. Everyday people have something to share. Those stories and experiences go a long way with people.

That’s what this podcast is about. About knowing that it’s ok to be you and to not feel insecure about yourself. There are people just like you. Be kind, you are loved, you are important, and remember, you are not alone.


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Testimonials

"The Center for Suicide Awareness is an amazing organization working to reduce suicide rates, eliminate stigma, train communities in resilience and inform communities about mental health. These individuals at the center are kind, passionate, and do good in the community. The center created the hopeline for individuals in need of immediate suicide intervention. I highly recommend participating in their events, utilizing their resources if necessary, and/or getting involved in some way so that we can combat suicide together!"

~ J.K.

"The Center for Suicide SOS group is helping us as it gives us a place to meet and talk with other survivors who lost a loved one to suicide. A death by suicide is hard to understand but by talking with the group it has helped us to move forward."

~ J.H.

"I am forever grateful to The Center for Suicide Awareness for allowing a platform to tell our daughter's story. Amanda was 26 when she died by suicide 13 years ago. Through the Center, I have been able to try to bring to light her struggles and keep her memory alive. Whether it be in person, one-on-one, large groups, oral or written, her story is very important to our family. She will always be our daughter and must not be forgotten."

~ J.R.

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~ Steve Martin