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Ability Beyond to show documentary “SUICIDE: The Ripple Effect”

Ability Beyond is raising awareness about the devastating impact of suicide by hosting a screening of the documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” in conjunction with Catholic Charities and Mental Health Connecticut.  The film will be shown at Bank Street Theater at 46 Bank Street in New Milford on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm. Following the screening, representatives from all three organizations will be on hand to speak with any individuals looking for assistance and to provide information.


“We are hosting this event so that people in crisis can find hope and get help before it is too late,” said Michelle Weinstein AADC, LADC, Residential & Clinical Services Manager.  “We hope this event will have a tremendous positive impact on reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts in our community.”


The 90 minute film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Seventeen years later, he still struggles with many of the same symptoms, but he is on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. Kevin takes a journey to better understand the ripple effects his suicide attempt had on his family, friends, and the first responders who helped save him. He shines light on inspirational individuals, families, and organizations that are using personal pain to help others find the hope they need to heal.


Research has shown that for every one suicide death, over 115 people are directly and secondarily affected. Nearly 1 million people die annually by suicide. In the United States alone there are one million suicide attempts in a given year and over 44,000 deaths by suicide, with our military being hit particularly hard.


Suicide is a global public health crisis that needs to be addressed to prevent more people from dying and the ripple effects of these deaths continue to devastate parents, children, families, friends and communities.


“We chose this film because it takes a very hopeful, intriguing, and raw approach by highlighting the work being done by individuals who have been directly impacted by suicide,” said Weinstein “The movie has inspired people around the world to unite and help more people find the support they need to #BeHereTomorrow.”


The film has strong endorsements from some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts. “Kevin Hines’ Suicide: The Ripple Effect is a marvel of inspiration, a film that should be seen by anyone who has known despair, and anyone who is or has been close to someone in a suicidal crisis.” Dr. John Draper, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


To pre-order tickets, visit the screening page at You can view the trailer and get more information about the film at, Watch Kevin Hines on BuzzFeed  or Suicide The Ripple Effect on Facebook.


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