Hope was the key word that Gulf Bend Center hoped people would come away with following a screening of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” April 8 at the Bauer Community Center.
“This is also community education,” said Valerie Hudgens, MSH, RN with Gulf Bend.
Suicide is one of the top three reasons for death in the United States along with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, she noted.
“We want to give the community a reason to hope that tomorrow can be better,” she said.
Gulf Bend holds the rights to the film and the screening in Port Lavaca was sponsored by WaveNet Wireless, Russell Cain Real Estate, H-E-B, Coastline Trailers, Rotary Club of Port Lavaca and Bay Breeze and Tax Depot both in Seadrift along with Gulf Bend.
About 60 people registered to see the film, many of them counselors, teachers and others who deal with people in crises.
The film is the story of Kevin Hines, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge when he was 19. Since that time Kevin has used his story to help others find recovery and stay alive while becoming the world’s most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate.
“Children, teens, adults need to see this film,” said Cain. “It can open the door to hope and healing with the help of God.”
Debbie Hamliton said her son, Dubem Wright, suffered from PTSD and committed suicide. “I want to be able to help someone else.”
“It’s a message of hope,” said Lane Johnson, M.Div., LPC, chief clinical officer of Gulf Bend Center.