Ripple Effect: Suicide survivors share their stories in new film

Suicide survivors share their story in new film

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The film is called “Suicide: Ripple Effect,” and it’s part of a global effort to reduce suicide and suicide attempts.

“At that time I was thinking about killing myself," said a survivor featured in the film. “But the thing that you said was this; I don’t want to die I want to live.”

His story is just one of many that are shared in the film.

“It’s amazing that I can tell that story today," he said, before hugging author and suicide survivor, Kevin Hines. Man thank you for telling me."

When a person commits suicide, it affects their families and friends. So, Hinds felt it was important to include their stories as well.

“The guilt will be there no matter how many times people tell me it’s not my fault,” said a mother of a son who committed suicide.

“I listened as best as I could,” said one man, recalling the day his best friend committed suicide. “I thought I said what I could. Duane was found the next day.”

Kevin Hines was 19 years old when he attempted suicide by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge.

“Six months ago I said, ‘dad do you still fear my death by suicide,?' and he said, “'Kevin...every time the phone rings.'”

He was speaking to a mother and father who lost their son to suicide.

Marcus Butler was a member of the Coast Guard team that rescued Hines.

“He asked me to be in the movie," said Butler. “It was like us, all the people involved to save him. It’s like ‘wow it worked out pretty good because of the people he saved afterwards,’” Butler said.

If there is one message that he hopes the viewers leave with it is this.

“I understand it more," he said. “‘It’s just not just oh OK, somebody decided to kill themselves,’ there more to it than that.”

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