September 9, 2019
'Suicide: The Ripple Effect' to show in Forum Hall
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Lafene Health Center is bringing several events to campus to draw more attention to this devastating health crisis.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m., the film "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" will be shown at Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Former K-State football coach Bill Snyder will introduce the film. Funding for the film was provided through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
"Suicide: The Ripple Effect" is a film that chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then Hines 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.
Across the globe, nearly 1 million people die annually by suicide. In the United States alone, there are 1 million suicide attempts in a given year and more than 44,000 deaths by suicide, with our military being hit particularly hard. Research has shown that for every one death by suicide, more than 115 people are directly affected and impacted. The estimated financial cost of suicide is more than $51 billion dollars annually.
Lafene Health Center is partnering with Counseling Services, K-State Family Center, Student Governing Association and the Wellness Coalition. This event is free to attend and open to the public.