We need to pay attention to the issue of suicide. Every day, many people die from suicide. Each of them has a story, needs the assistance of others, and needs to feel the warmth of life. “Lifeline” aims to promote suicide awareness and prevention and won multiple awards.
Philadelphia, PA (Merxwire) – According to statistics, about 120 people die from suicide every day in the United States. Research shows that this number may rise due to COVID-19 and its long-term impact on mental health. Public health officials agree that simply talking to a person at risk for suicide is a crucial preventative step, and connecting them to a support system, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, can literally save their life.
To improve suicide awareness and prevention, filmmaker L. Marcus Williams provides “Lifeline” for free on the internet. The plot of this short film is: the story of a woman who hit suicide hotline in despair, and the operator who answers her call and must do everything he can to keep her on the line. The two strangers had an intense and intimate conversation, which would have a profound impact on their lives.
“My goal with this film is to get people talking about suicide in an honest and sympathetic way,” says Williams. “I hope it will encourage people to call for help if they are in crisis, or if they know somebody who is, to reach out to them and offer them help.”
The film is inspired by Williams’ own experience as a crisis hotline operator and a survivor of attempted suicide. It was his thesis film at Brooklyn College in New York, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in both psychology and film production. The film has since gone on to win several awards, including a grant from the National Board of Review.
As humbled as he is by the accolades, Williams says that the messages he has received from those who have seen the film have been the biggest reward. “They tell me how grateful they are that I shared my story, that it reminds them that they aren’t alone and that help is just a phone call away.”
If you or anyone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The call is free and confidential, and counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
You can watch “Lifeline” now at http://watchlifeline.video/
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