Responsive Writing#7: The Truth About Suicide
Watch The Truth about Suicide in class. If you cannot attend class the day it is shown, you will need to make arrangements to borrow the DVD. Plan ahead and borrow it in advance so your responsive writing isn’t late. Here’s the website that talks about the film and provides a lot of additional resources: https://afsp.org/our-work/education/model-school-policy-suicide-prevention/
Do you know the resources that are available on campus if you or a friend were experiencing depression or anxiety? How might you respond to a friend or roommate you think might be depressed? May states are now requiring that educators be trained in suicide prevention. What do you think about this state mandate? Were you aware that UMBC has a program to train suicide prevention “first responders?” Are you interested in the training? http://my.umbc.edu/groups/dosa/events/46091
There are two mental health awareness groups on campus. Active Minds: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/activeminds and a campus chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI): http://my.umbc.edu/groups/umbcnami
What else do you think can be done on college campuses to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide?
If you are interested in learning more about this topic and programs that high schools are introducing to try and reduce bullying, stress, depression, and suicide, watch Cry For Help: Teenage Mental Illness and Suicide http://www.pbs.org/wnet/cryforhelp/featured/the-film-watch-the-documentary/1/ This website also has additional resources.
There are a lot of really bad films on mental illness, and a few really good ones. Touched with Fire is a particularly moving film about two people with bipolar disorder (also called manic depression). https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FYN4FUI?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_piv&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_piv-20 It was made a couple of years ago and premiered at the APHA annual meeting. I met the screen writer and producer who also has bipolar disorder.