Talk Saves Lives, Suicide Prevention Workshop

September 20, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Columbia Gorge Community College will host “Talk Saves LivesTM: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention”,a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.  Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.

This presentation will include the showing of a video, It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health, a 17-minute documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country that  successfully learned to manage their mental health. Intended as a group presentation, the film is accompanied by facilitator’s tools and resources for students. It’s Real encourages students to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to seek help.

Also, please join our community partners for a showing of the feature film, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” at The Dalles High School Auditorium at 6 pm on World Suicide Prevention Day , Monday, September 10.

Kevin Hines takes a journey to better understand the ripple effects his suicide attempt (over the Golden Gate Bridge) had on his family, friends, and first responders who helped save him. He is also working to shine light on inspirational individuals, families, and organizations that are using personal pain to help others find the hope they need to heal.

Across the globe nearly 1 million people die annually by suicide. In the United States alone there are one million suicide attempts in any given year and over 40,000 deaths by suicide, with our military being hit particularly hard. Research has shown that for every one death by suicide, over 115 people are directly affected and impacted. The estimated financial cost of suicide is over 40 billion dollars annually. People are uniting and responding to calls for change with the goal of having a tremendous positive impact on reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world. #BeHereTomorrow