Film helps start discussion

POSTER: The poster for the documentary 'Suicide: The Ripple Effect' with information on the free screening in Port Lincoln.

POSTER: The poster for the documentary 'Suicide: The Ripple Effect' with information on the free screening in Port Lincoln.

Port Lincoln will host a free screening of the documentary ‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’ next month in hopes of starting a conversation and breaking down the stigma on mental health.

There are 100 free tickets for the Eyre Peninsula community to attend the movie – which promotes the ‘Be Here Tomorrow’ tagline –  on September 3.

The documentary follows Kevin Hines 16-year journey after he attempted to take his life by jumping from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge at 19-years-old.

It focuses on the positive ripple effects of Mr Hines’ advocacy which has inspired and given hope to many, as well as the devastating affects of suicide.

Mentally Fit Eyre Peninsula community development officer, Lain Montgomerie said she hoped the film would open up the conversation on mental health and help break down the stigma in the community.

“The film focuses on the hope and the healing, but it also shows people that there is life after moments of illness.

“It opens up the conversation and will hopefully break down the stigma on mental illness, allowing people to ask for help and to discuss their feelings more openly.”

Resources and support will be available and given on the night for anyone seeking help or wanting to talk about the film.

West Coast Youth and Community Support chief executive officer, Jo Clark said the organisation had funded the screening because it would start conversations and help discuss Mr Hines’ ongoing recovery.

“He shares his story and his voice of lived experiences, but he also shows his recovery after his attempt and his continued ongoing recovery and how he deals with it today.”

The screening has been sponsored by WCYCS, Mentally Fit EP, Lincoln Alive and Country Primary Health Network.

The film will be shown at Youthoria Cinema on Monday, September 3 at 6.30pm.

Tickets to the free event can be reserved online at SA tickets

If you or someone you know is struggling, contact Lifeline 13 11 14.

"Suicide: The Ripple Effect" - Official Film Trailer