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May 29, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Downstairs Program Room
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Film Screening and Discussion: "The S Word"

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

“It is not the word suicide that is the problem; it is the silence that so often follows.” This film follows people who are surviving and thriving. It will be followed with a discussion led by Melissa Kelley, LMFT.

We conclude our Mental Health Awareness Month programming with a screening and discussion of the film "The S Word."

The documentary follows a suicide attempt survivor on her mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of courage, insight and humor. Along the way, she discovers a rising national movement transforming personal struggles into action.

In creating "The S Word," the filmmakers' goals were to:
  • Raise awareness about suicide prevention and resources, including alternatives that reach outside the box.
  • Expand the conversation about suicide to include everybody, because we have all been touched by it in some way.
  • Talk openly about suicide without judgement, shame or discrimination.
  • Get people to think about suicide in a completely different way – highlighting the complexity, pain and even humor of our survivors.
About Melissa Kelley, LMFT
Melissa Kelley is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Menlo Park. She works primarily with teens and families.  She has also been a school counselor at Palo Alto High School, Alta Vista High School, and Kehillah Jewish High School. She is a former research manager at the Stanford Center for the Study of Families, Children and Youth. 

About Mental Health Awareness Month
This May, the Menlo Park Library is partnering with San Mateo County Health and other organizations throughout the area in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM).  Join us in the effort to increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions.