Wayne Co. to host showing of documentary ‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’

This week the Wayne County Department of Mental Health and the Wayne County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host a showing of the documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect”, a feature length documentary film and MOVEMENT, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive.

The film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today Kevin is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading a message of hope, recovery and wellness. The film also chronicles Kevin’s personal journey and the ripple effect it has had on those who have been impacted by his suicide attempt and his life’s work since. In addition, the film highlights the stories of individuals and families who are utilizing their personal tragedy to bring hope and healing to others.

Earlier this week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report noting that suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Suicide rates rose in all but one state between 1999 and 2016, with increases seen across age, gender, race and ethnicity. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds. New York State saw an increase of over 28% during this same period. According to the CDC, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 – more than twice the number of homicides – making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15-34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. More than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

The film is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts in the U.S. and around the world. Through sharing stories of survival and recovery we are creating significant awareness of this health crisis, while helping people find the support they need to stay alive, heal and #BeHereTomorrow!

James M. Haitz, LCSW-R, Wayne County Director of Community Mental Health Services said, “Our goal in bringing this film to our community is aimed at increasing everyone’s awareness about this health crisis that is getting worse and is significantly impacting our community, state, and nation. We want anyone who may be experiencing some level of distress, or thoughts related to suicide, or struggling with the contemplation of suicide, to know that help and support is available. We encourage them to please reach out to someone and ask for help”.

The film will be shown on Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00PM, at the Ohmann Theatre, 65 Williams St., Lyons, NY. Tickets are $11.50 and available at https://gathr.us/screening/23475 . Trained licensed professional counselors will be available at the theatre following the movie presentation for anyone who would like information or assistance.

The Wayne County Department of Mental Health & Wayne Behavioral Health Network operates mental health and substance abuse out-patient treatment clinics licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health and the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. The clinics are staffed by licensed professionals, para-professionals, and support staff who provide psychiatric and addiction counseling, therapy, medication assisted treatment and support services through individual and group interventions to improve overall emotional health and wellbeing to those in recovery from addiction or mental illness. The main mental health & substance abuse clinics are located in Lyons, NY, along with many satellite mental health clinics located in 26 schools throughout Wayne County.

For anyone struggling with an addiction or mental health problem, you can call Wayne Behavioral Health Network at 315-946-5722, or to find help and hope 24 hours/7 days a week you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or contact Life-Line at 211, or in an emergency call 911.

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