This is my design for the PSA Billboard assignment. I created the image in GIMP by first taking a photo of spilled medication, then overlaying each pill in the foreground with family members. The pills in the background have keywords that relate to important parts of an individual’s self: goals, memories, love, talents ect. This represents how those who commit suicide are leaving behind their capabilities and also the people who truly care about them.
I got the inspiration to create this from a friend of mine who’s had to deal with multiple suicides in her family and didn’t know who to talk to about it. I think there should be more billboards like these around because there are many people in the U.S. who are coping with suicide in their lives, and they believe that ending their own lives will take away the pain. This method doesn’t take away the pain…it just creates pain for someone else.