Suicide awareness movie screening aired Monday night

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1 million people commit suicide every year, and one survivor is living to tell his tale.

Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 19 but survived. A new movie documenting his journey called “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” aired for a one-night showing Monday night at the AMC Theatres in St. Clairsville.

The event was put on by NAMI Greater Wheeling, Jerry’s Walk, and the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. They say raising the awareness about mental illness and depression can potentially save someone’s life, and that’s why they are glad to be sponsors of the movie screening. Amy Gamble, the Executive Director of NAMI Greater Wheeling, said, “There’s always hope, and that no matter how bad you feel in that moment, no matter how bad that depression might be that there is hope for a better tomorrow.”

NAMI Greater Wheeling and West Liberty University will be hosting a “Shedding light on mental health” conference on June 7th and 8th. Kevin Hines will be a keynote speaker at the event.

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