September is designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic.

September is designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic.

At the August meeting of the Newton County Community Coalition, NCCC, the focus was on upcoming events.

Tal Clubbs, a counselor with Tri-Way School in the East Newton School District, shared details of an upcoming event that will take place at Crowder College in Neosho at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 and at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. A documentary film titled "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" will be shown in the Elsie Plaster Center's auditorium. The showing will occur during Crowder's annual health fair.

"We want the community to come," Clubbs said. "I'd like to pack the Elsie Plaster Center both nights."

The film lasts approximately an hour and 33 minutes. "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" chronicles the journey of Kevin Hines, now a motivational speaker who attempted to end his life by jumping off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Hines is one of a few who survived the attempt.

"People who have seen the movie say it is a life changer," Clubbs stated.

The NCCC bought rights to show the film at Crowder College.

A Suicide Town Hall Meeting is also in the works and is tentatively planned to take place at Crowder College on Nov. 15. A confirmed date and details for the event should be available by the end of September, Clubbs indicated.

Marlissa Digs, of The Alliance of Southwest Missouri, provided a report on the recent United at The Stadium event that took place Aug. 15 in Joplin. The suicide prevention and awareness event took place at Junge Stadium in Joplin. The Alliance of Southwest Missouri hosted a tailgate party at the event.

"We did have a part in the suicide prevention event at the stadium," Diggs stated. "That (event) went over very well."

Break The Code of Silence: A Suicide Prevention Event will be held at the Joplin Public Library at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 sponsored by the Ozark Center. The Joplin Public Library is located at 1901 E. 20th St., Joplin.

The Newton County Community Coalition meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from noon until 1 p.m. at the Talkington Foundation located at 209 N. Valley St., Neosho.