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Suicide prevention film to be screened in Roswell

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A local organization will hold a special screening of a movie that tells the stories of suicide survivors and the loved ones of people who committed suicide.

The Tessa Anderson Suicide Prevention Coalition, a local organization that hosts monthly discussions and matches people with mental health resources, will sponsor a one-time screening of “Suicide the Ripple Effect” Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Galaxy 8 Theater at 4501 North Main Street.

Jennifer Smith of the Suicide Prevention Coalition said the film will be shown on two screens at the theater.

The film will begin at 7 p.m in both auditoriums.

She said it was decided that the film will be shown on a second screen after the initial 99 tickets were quickly bought. She said in all, a little less than 200 tickets will be sold for the screening.

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Suicide the Ripple Effect is a feature length documentary film that centers on Kevin Hines, who at the age of 19 attempted to commit suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, according the film’s website. After Hines’ failed attempt he became a renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe to deliver a message of hope, recovery and wellness.

The website states that the film chronicles Hines’ personal journey following his attempt — and his life’s work promoting recovery and wellness, and the impact it has had on people impacted by his suicide attempt and subsequent work. The film also includes interviews with Hines’ family and friends, other suicide survivors, loved ones of people who committed suicide and mental health professionals.

Smith said the film has been screened for audiences at venues across the U.S.

The Suicide Prevention Coalition decided to screen the film to draw more attention to the issue of suicide and so people in crisis can find hope and get help before it’s too late, a press release about the screening states.

Smith added that suicide is a significant problem.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death in 2016 for people ages 15 to 44, and suicide rates in New Mexico are at least 50 percent higher than U.S. rates over the last 20 years.

Lack of available mental health resources in communities like Roswell are part of the reason rates of suicide and attempted suicide are so high in New Mexico and many other rural western states, Smith said.

Audience members will also have the chance to take part in a question and answer segment and discussion after the film, Smith said.

People who don’t want to ask a question in front of everyone can also opt to write their questions down on note cards, she added.

Tickets can be purchased at https://gathr.us/screening/23982. As of Sept. 10, 24 tickets were still available, according to the website.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.