Posted on Jan 25, 2017 in General

Keeping Families Safe: Traveling art show helps with suicide prevention

WKEF/WRFT/FOX 45 News Report on S.O.S., Signs of Suicide  

A view of the 15 panel exhibit and powerful awareness campaign for suicide prevention.  

Wednesday, January 25,2017 

KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE (WKEF/WRGT) - Over 15 years across the United States, the suicide rate went up by 24 percent, with the highest number of 13 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014. In Ohio, suicide claims the life of a person every 7 hours.

A traveling art exhibit was paying attention to those numbers, and hope to help refuse the tragic numbers.

“I tried suicide when I was a teenager,” Jenny Campbellroux said. “The love of my life committed suicide, and I just wanted to share information.”

The travelling suicide art exhibit stopped at the K12 Art Hallery and Tejas in Dayton with the goal of instilling hope in everyone who believes they have lost it all.

On display are 30 large paintings all done by local artists who have personally attempted suicide or know someone who took their own lives. They represent the heartbreaking statistics and signs of suicide, but also show how you can find light in life.

“So though it’s a very heavy subject matter, they are beautifully done and important,” program director Rebecca Sargent said.  

A huge part of the motivation behind the display was the loss of two teens in the artist training program. Nationally, suicide is the second leading cause of death of people between the ages of 10 and 24.

The panels also tackle the causes of suicide, including bullying. One panel reads: “Be sure you taste your words before you spit them out.”

Another panel tried to emphasize that communication can help save lives by showing a text conversation between two teenagers.

Campbellroux said it’s important to remove the stigma attached to suicide and get families talking about the silent epidemic.

“Because once it happens in the family,” Campbellroux said, “others become more vulnerable to it, because it becomes a secret. And if they could talk and share with each other, a lot of people could be saved.”

If you need someone to talk to or are having suicidal thoughts personally, you can always call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.