MSU-Meridian to host screening of 'Suicide: The Ripple Effect'

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - 'Suicide: The Ripple Effect' tells the story of Kevin Hines, a man suffering from bipolar disorder, who at 19 tried to take his own life. The free screening of the documentary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 2, at Kahlmus Auditorium on the MSU Meridian College Park campus.

“It chronicles how he eventually ends up on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and attempts death by suicide but lives,” says Dr. Rod Wilson, an assistant professor of psychology at MSU-Meridian. “And [it’s also about] ultimately the pain that he suffered but then this incredible story of hope that is told throughout and is connecting pain and hope.”

A panel discussion with mental health professionals will follow the movie where people can learn more and also ask any questions they may have.

“We don’t want to leave it ambiguous. We want you to have a place to go to take that information and we’ll have people there that you can immediately engage with, ask clarifying questions. ‘Hey, what does this mean? If this person’s doing this, then what do I do about that?',” Dr. Wilson says.

The movie has already been shown at the main campus of Mississippi State to an overwhelming response. The Meridian campus now wants to connect with the community and fulfill part of its mission to serve the community.

“Part of that entails being honest and truthful about things that are happening in our lives,” Dr. Wilson says. “And sometimes those things could be very painful. And this movie, this particular documentary, was a way that we could connect with individuals, bring something that is typically hush-hush or not talked about within a family or friend environment and we could bring it out into the open and say, ‘hey, let’s just chat about this’, because it’s going to impact somebody that you know, or maybe yourself.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 123 Americans commit suicide every day. That's a death every 12 minutes. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 24.