The Dalles, OR – On September 10th, at 6:30 p.m. YouthThink will present a special screening of Suicide The Ripple Effect at The Dalles High School located at 220 East 10th Street. This is a free event.
With strong endorsements from some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts, this film has screenings planned around the world. “Kevin Hines’ Suicide -The Ripple Effect is a marvel of inspiration, a film that should be seen by anyone who has known despair and anyone who is or has been close to someone in a suicidal crisis.’ Dr. John Draper, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive and has become the world’s most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate. The film also features some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts and shines a light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive.
Debby Jones, Wasco County Prevention Specialist, explains, “the movie Suicide The Ripple Effect, allows suicide prevention advocates like myself to bring people together to view this film and discuss the topic. This event can have a tremendous positive impact on reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts in our community. Following the screening, we will have an important Q&A and discussion on the topic featuring some of the area’s leading suicide prevention advocates including Susan Gabay, with NAMI the Gorge (National Alliance on Mental Illness.
More facts: According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Oregon has a considerably higher rate of death by suicide compared to the national average. Death by suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15 – 34. More than six times as many people die by suicide in Oregon annually than by homicide. On average, one person dies by suicide every 11 hours in Oregon. Across the globe, nearly 1 million people die annually by suicide. In the United States alone there are one million suicide attempts in a given year and over 44,000 deaths by suicide, with our military being hit particularly hard. Research has shown that for every one death by suicide, over 115 people are directly affected and impacted. The estimated financial cost of suicide is over 51 billion dollars annually.
The hashtag for the project is #BeHereTomorrow. www.SuicideTheRippleEffect.com