SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The Greater Sullivan County Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group and Springfield Cinemas 3 with support from Konrad Prefab, LLC, the Springfield Coop, and an anonymous donor are sponsoring a free public screening of the documentary film: “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Springfield Cinemas 3, 26 Main Street, Springfield, Vt.

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 stay alive and find recovery. More information about the movie can be found at SuicideTheRippleEffect.com. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June 2018 that suicide rates have risen in almost every state. The per capita suicide rates in Vermont and New Hampshire place them in the top fifth in the country. The two states also experienced the second and third biggest increases, more than 48 percent, in the period studied by the CDC.

The Greater Sullivan County Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group is comprised of individuals from Sullivan County in New Hampshire and Windsor County in Vermont who have lost family members and friends to suicide. For them, death by suicide is more than a statistic. While some of these deaths occurred many years ago, most have occurred within the last three years. Sponsoring the screening is part of an effort in conjunction with the VT and NH Chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), and other organization to lower local suicide rates by 20% by 2025 and prevent others from experience such person tragedy.

Admission is free and will be available at the door. Donations will be accepted to support the VT-NAMI. Representatives from VT-NAMI, HCRS, and the VT Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be on hand to offer information and resources.

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