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September 23, 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"

Monday, September 23, 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 facilitated by members of StarVista's Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center.

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, we are hosting 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 StarVista
StarVista is a non-profit organization that has been helping people throughout San Mateo County navigate life’s challenges for over 50 years. Our counseling, crisis prevention, youth housing, and outreach programs reach tens of thousands of people in our community each year. StarVista's Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center provides education and crisis intervention services for schools, a 24-hour suicide crisis hotline, an online teen support and chatroom, an alcohol and drug helpline, and a parent support hotline.

About National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Each year, mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during the month of September. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.