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Bacon Street to host film screening to raise awareness for suicide prevention

Bacon Street will host a screening of "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" on April 11 at Regal Cinemas. (Courtesy Bacon Street)
Bacon Street will host a screening of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” on April 11 at Regal Cinemas. (Courtesy Bacon Street)

Suicide affects more than just the victims — its ripple can be felt throughout their social and familial circles.

That’s why Bacon Street Youth and Family Services is presenting an exclusive film screening to shed light on the topic of suicide, according to a press release from the organization.

The film “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” will be shown at Regal Cinemas Stadium 12 in New Town on April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The film follows the life of Kevin Hines. When Hines was 19, he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in an attempt to take his own life.

He survived, and since then Hines has shared his story to help others who are struggling with mental health issues.

“’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,” said Dr. John Draper of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

A brief Q&A session will follow the film. According to the release, Bacon Street’s philosophy is that the best way to address difficult issues is talk about them publicly and shine light on the subject.

Bacon Street serves youth and families dealing with substance abuse, and operates in Greater Williamsburg, York County, Poquoson, Newport News and Hampton. The organization offers counseling, education and prevention care.

In order to attend, guests must reserve their tickets by April 1.

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