The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and the cities of Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Dewey-Humboldt, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Sedona, issued proclamations declaring September 2018 as Suicide Prevention Month. Late summer has been busy with attending radio interviews, proclamation presentations, the Native American's for Community Action's (NACA) suicide prevention conference in Flagstaff, facilitating a Quad-Cities showing of Suicide: The Ripple Effect, presenting two suicide awareness/prevention trainings and making an appearance at both the Prescott Area and Cottonwood Recovery Day events. It seems that awareness of the need for suicide prevention and intervention is increasing. The topic of suicide prevention has been a prominent topic of discussion at a few high level meetings that I've attended recently without any prodding from me. The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yavapai County would like to keep the momentum going.
Our screening of the film Suicide: The Ripple Effect on September 10th was a huge success. The life changing video was shown to a sold out auditorium. Many people have indicated that they wished they could have attended but were unable to do so for one reason or another. One reason was that when they tried to purchase tickets they discovered that the show was sold out. Because of the comments we've received and questions as to whether or not we'll be showing the film again, we have scheduled an encore showing to be held on Monday, November 5th, 2018, 7:30 PM at the Harkin's Theatres in Prescott Valley. 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, 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. We have inquired about the possibility of having Kevin Hines attend this event either in person or via video streaming. Please see the attached flyer for details.
To learn more about this film or to reserve your tickets go to http://gathr.us/s/24840. Tickets are only available online. It is our hope that if you attended the September 10th showing that you'll return again bringing your family, friends, coworkers, etc. Please help us to promote this encore showing to those same people. We'd love to sell out again in November. If you were unable to attend the September 10th event and you want to attend in November I'd like to suggest that you reserve your tickets now.
Suicide prevention and mental health are very important issues for me because, as you may or may not know, I lost my youngest son, Noel, to death by suicide in 2001. Also, I’m the chairperson of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yavapai County (AZ). The coalition is working hard to reduce the number of suicides and attempted suicides in this part of Arizona. On a per capita basis, Yavapai County has the highest rate of suicide in the state of Arizona. This is a statistic that the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yavapai County and others are working diligently to change. I need your help to make this happen! Bringing people together to view this film and discuss the topic will have a positive impact on reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts in our communities. With your support in attending the event and/or sharing the event with your family, friends and colleagues, we can draw more attention to this devastating health crisis, while helping more people find the support they need to #BeHereTomorrow.