Ursula Whiteside

Learning from Those with ‘Lived Experience’

“I want a friend who will listen to what I’ve been through. That’s usually all I need. Yes, I’m having suicidal thoughts — but that’s not the main point. If they freak out, I’m going to shut down and not want to talk about it. If they called the police, that would make the situation so much worse.”
– Member of Team NowMattersNow.org

Ursula Whiteside
Ursula Whiteside

I have a judgment disorder

I suffer because of judgment

I have a suffering disorder too

Do you?

Ursula Whiteside
Ursula Whiteside

I Met the President Once

“You know, that give me inspiration on I can be whatever I wanna be, like, you know, whatever I wanna be. You know, I'll probably be the next Spike Lee and shit, or something. You understand what I'm saying?”

Ursula Whiteside
Ursula Whiteside

Where do you go when you go quiet?

Here are some ideas 1. Get quiet and listen 2. No grasping 3. Love them unconditionally 4. Leave a light on and open the door a crack (even if it leaves us vulnerable)

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Ursula Whiteside

Everything great is stolen

The more you protect and covet your ideas, the fewer ideas and smaller genuine community you have.

The highest honor is when you walk into a room and someone is saying what you said and thinking they came up with it.

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Ursula Whiteside

There is enough suicide to go around...

We are so human it hurts.

It hurts us. It hurts our population. It hurts our field.

We don't have to like each other. We don't have to agree. We must be willing to give each other the benefit of the doubt.

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