Through the hard work of
"Life After the Storm" will take place at the
The duo travels to speak publicly about their experiences during Hines' attempted suicide at the age of 19. Miraculously, Hines survived his jump off the
Hines is the best-selling author of "Cracked, Not Broken," where he explains his interactions with Sgt.
Briggs is called the "Guardian of the
The two motivate and inspire audiences ranging from college students and faculty, to law enforcement and military. Both are dedicated to stopping the suicide epidemic.
Hines has become an award-winning international speaker, author, and mental health advocate. In 2012, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work. He has also been recognized by the
Briggs remains active in efforts to promote crisis management, leadership skills and suicide intervention and prevention worldwide. He provides public speaking and teaching at conferences and law enforcement departments across the country, including the
"Students and faculty will take away from this event that suicide is preventable," said Houston. "Stigma, ignorance and uncertainty might prevent us from giving the necessary support and understanding to suicidal individuals. These presenters have direct experience in dealing with suicide at America's suicide central -- the
Houston cited numbers from the National College Health Assessment, which found that 94 percent of college and university students surveyed felt overwhelmed. Another 44 percent confessed they had felt so depressed it was difficult to function. And 15.8 percent of students reported they had seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months preceding the survey.
"That equates to one-in-seven college students," said Houston. "There are estimates that there are 100-200 attempts for every completed suicide. Suicide is permanent. The numbers are compelling and suicide is preventable."
"Life After the Storm" hopes to make an impact on these numbers. The event is free and open for registration. Reserved seating will be available for student groups. The official Delta State card readers will be available for instructors who want to provide extra incentives for students in attendance.
For event information or to RSVP, contact 662-588-4047 or email@example.com.
Learn more about the Suicide Prevention program at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-affairs/suicide-prevention/.
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