With the recent airing of 2015’s Oscars, there were the usual glittery designer gowns, the banter and the staple celebrities, but the conversation shifted several times towards the issue of Suicide Prevention.
Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game” at Sunday’s Oscars:
“I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here,” he said. “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.”
–Graham Moore, winner Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game”
Also, during her Oscar acceptance speech last night, Dana Perry mentioned that “we need to talk about suicide out loud.” Perry spoke, to halted acceptance speech music, about her son, Evan, who tragically committed suicide when he was just 15.
With these speeches fresh in the headlines, they have sparked a continued conversation about Suicide Prevention among teens. In the attached NPR article posted just this morning, February 25th, 2015, one such initiative is highlighted with a great message and great program for teens and high school students.
Read more here: Preventing Suicide with a ‘Contagion of Strength’
(Above photo taken from NPR.org’s version of the article)