Free screening of The S Word set for Sept. 19
As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, The Crisis Center of Johnson County will host a screening of the documentary film The S Word at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Englert Theater, located at 221 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
University of Iowa Health Care is a sponsor of the event, which is free and open to the public.
The S Word (official trailer) features stories from individuals and families that have been affected by suicide. Capturing personal revelations and suprising moments of humor, the film examines this once-taboo subject through the eyes of people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived. By sharing their stories, these individuals hope to help others and raise awareness about a growing national conversation about suicide.
Following the screening, the film’s director, Lisa Klein, will participate in a panel discussion with area mental health experts, including UI Health Care staff member Lance Clemsen.
Did you know?
- On average, there are 121 suicides per day.
- There were more than twice as many suicides (44,193) in the United States as there were homicides (17,793).
- Suicide was the third leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 14, and the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 34.