On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 7:30pm there will be an exclusive screening of "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" at the Cinemagic Theater located at 183 County Road in Westbrook.

We've all fallen on hard times and most of us have experienced gut-wrenching sadness at some point in our lives. For most of us, these feelings are temporary and we find the road back to sunny days; but what if there were no way out from your despair? For more people than you'd think, this is an inescapable reality.

Kevin Hines was one such teenager. At age 19, he attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. His life is chronicled in "Suicide: The Ripple Effect," coming to Westbrook on May 9th as part of its world-wide tour that began back in March.

The film has been endorsed by some of the worldwide leading suicide prevention specialists. According to Dr. John Draper from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

“Kevin Hines’ Suicide The Ripple Effect is a marvel of inspiration, a film that should be seen by anyone who has known despair, and anyone who is or has been close to someone in a suicidal crisis."

Even if you haven't found yourself in direct contact with someone struggling with depression, this film plays an immensely important role in breaking down stigmas surrounding mental health and suicide.

By educating and enabling ourselves to be agents of change, we can all join the movement to prevent further tragedy and empower those in crisis to #beheretomorrow.

Contributed by Amelia Clancy