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Film that’s saving lives will be shown in Prescott area

On Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yavapai County will present a special screening of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” at Harkins Prescott Valley 14, 7202 Pav Way, Prescott Valley.

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,” stated Dr. John Draper of 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 light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive.

In 2001, my youngest son chose to end his life by suicide. I’m now a retired mental health and substance abuse counselor and I’m the chairperson of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yavapai County. I’m passionate about this topic because I know firsthand the impact of suicide on families, friends and communities. I am hosting this screening to draw more attention to this issue and so people in crisis can find hope and get help before it is too late.

Suicide: The Ripple Effect is using the Gathr Films Theatrical on Demand model in the USA, which allows suicide prevention advocates like myself to bring people together to view this film and discuss the topic. This event will have a tremendous positive impact on reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts in our community.

Following the screening, we plan to have and important Q&A and discussion on the topic feature some the area’s leading suicide prevention advocates.

To “pre-order” tickets, visit the screening page at https://gathr.us/s/23658. You can also view the trailer and read more about the film here: https://gathr.us/s/23658.

Across the globe, nearly one 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.

Additionally, based on 2016 statistics, Arizona is ranked No. 17 in the nation for suicides. On a per capita basis, Yavapai County has the highest rate of suicide in the state of Arizona. These are statistics that the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yavapai County and others are working diligently to change. You can help.

With your support we can draw more attention to this devastating health crisis, while helping more people find the support they need to #BeHereTomorrow.

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