Now more than ever, perhaps, this film needs to be seen, so Gabe (and Herbie) are proud to offer the entire, 59-minute documentary for you to watch and enjoy HERE:
A couple things to keep in mind as you watch the film:
- Language surrounding suicide is SO IMPORTANT. You will notice that multiple people in the film use the phrase “commit suicide.” This is a phrase that those in the suicide prevention and awareness community are trying desperately to move people away from using. Why? Because we “commit” crimes and we “commit” sins, and suicide is neither. Education around language related to suicide is so important, and Gabe finally worked up the courage to educate a young couple in Vermont on this subject, but that encounter didn’t make it into the final film. So, for your education, we are asking people to simply state “took his/her own life” or “died by suicide.” That is simple, factual language that avoids unnecessarily stigmatizing language. For more on this subject, here is a brief outtake on the subject that (regrettably) didn’t make it into the film:
- Gabe mentions, in a brief monologue about firearms, that a person’s risk for dying by suicide increases simply by having a firearm in their home. This is factually accurate, and comes from two articles; one in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2014) and from the Journal of Trauma Injury, Infection, and Critical Care. Access to firearms, in fact, triples one’s own risk for dying by suicide, and it also elevates risk for everyone else living in the household. In fact, a parent’s firearm is used in over 80% of child firearm suicides.
- One of Gabe’s biggest regrets about the film and the journey is the lack of racial diversity in the stories told and profiled. It is important to remember that, while the American suicide rate is highest for white, middle-aged men, suicide impacts individuals of all races, religions, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, sexual orientation, gender identity; every single walk-of-life on this planet. It is important to note that, as of 2019, suicide attempts by black teenagers are on the rise in the United States. Also recently, researchers are observing an increase in suicides by girls and women.
So, having the film out here for everyone to see is great, but discussion post-viewing is also extremely helpful, as is evinced by the “talking points” above. Bearing that in mind; if you would like to schedule screening for a group, that’s great too. Gabe does his best to make himself available via Zoom for talk-backs, so just ask about that, too– if you’re lucky, his long-haired German Shepherd, Sadie, will join in the talk-back too!