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The S Word Movie: Opening the Conversation about Suicide

From the filmmakers of the award-winning Of Two Minds comes a new documentary that will tackle one of the most unfathomable and cloistered issues of our time. Suicide.

The S Word will put a human face on this often feared and misunderstood topic – delving into the hearts and minds of suicide attempt survivors, along with the families and loved ones who are left behind to suffer the anguish, guilt, and confusion of death by suicide.

They will be portrayed in all the complexity, pain, and even humor of their experiences – revealing a movement that could be the next pivotal social change of our time.

This event is one piece of a four-part suicide awareness campaign launched by the 10 regional coalitions within the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. The MCSP operates under the auspices for the MA Department of Public Health’s Suicide Prevention Program.

The S Word Movie will be screened on Saturday, October 14 at the Galvin Middle School Auditorium, 525 Main Street, Wakefield, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There is no cost to attend but the sponsors do ask that everyone pre-register at this EventBrite link, to assure that they are within capacity limits. This film is appropriate for ages 15 and up.

The film will be introduced by Director Lisa Klein and will be followed by a Q & A session.

The goals of The S Word are to open the conversation, reduce the shame and silence that have clung to suicide for far too long, and strive toward prevention of the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

Fall Family to Family Classes Start Soon!

Family to Family (F2F) is one of NAMI’s most popular signature programs. In this class, family and friends learn how to help their loved ones who struggle with mental health challenges. This 12 session program is offered at no cost to the participants.

Classes are taught by other family members who are trained Family to Family teachers. Our teachers have real world experience with the issues you face on a daily basis. Past participants have increased their coping skills and problem solving abilities.

This fall NAMI of Central Middlesex will be offering Family to Family classes in 4 locations:

  • Winchester: Starting Wednesday, August 30, 7-9:30PM. Contact Ellen at 617-399-4302 or ewfaran@gmail.com
  • Wakefield: Starting Wednesday, September 13, 7-9:30PM. Contact Judy at 978-273-0811 or jkenson@comcast.net
  • Bedford: Starting Thursday, September 14, 7-9:30PM. Contact Janet at 781-761-5287 or jhodges@edinburgcenter.org
  • Concord: Starting Tuesday, September 19, 6:30-9PM. Contact Clare at 978-962-8994 or ccooper@westfordconsulting.com

See our flyer for additional class details. More information about Family to Family is can be found on our Education page. You may also contact our teachers to talk about whether Family to Family can help you.