First, the shocking statistics...

  • 800,000 persons take their own lives every year
  • Someone commits suicide every 40 seconds
  • 22 veterans die every day due to suicide
  • The fastest growing suicide population demographic are 10-14 year old kids
  • Northeast Texas (Lufkin/Nacogdoches included), has the highest suicide rates in the Lone Star State.

For so many years, it was taboo to talk about the subject of suicide.  There was no where for individuals or families to turn for help, support, and structure.  There is still a long way to go, but more and more avenues of support and guidance are opening up every year.

Patricia Todd lost her son, Scott, to suicide in 1996.  She has made it her life's mission since then to learn all that she can about this epidemic.  She has done so not only to help her cope with her own grief, but, to be an advocate to others.

Wednesday night, May 30th, at 7:30, a powerful and uplifting film will be shown at the Lufkin 9 in the Lufkin Mall.  The movie is called 'Suicide: The Ripple Effect' (see the trailer below).  This film has been hailed for the connections it has made with individuals who were contemplating suicide.  The movie is that important which is why Todd, herself, purchased enough seats to make sure that the film would be shown in Lufkin.  You must purchase  your tickets in advance, but you can make that purchase all the way up to the start of the movie.

Listen to Danny Merrell's interview with Patricia Todd in the video above.