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Kansas Suicide Prevention PSA

This year, Kansas is raising awareness for suicide prevention across the state through walks and other community events. To support the efforts of these communities, the Kansas Prevention Collaborative filmed a PSA that can be shared on social media, in classrooms, with news outlets, and wherever else there is a need for suicide prevention awareness.

Thanks to the help of volunteers and prevention professionals, this project was filmed in one day. Cox Farm in Wichita let the KPC use their farmland and corn maze as the setting. Dave Prall of Unmanned Experts donated his time and equipment to filming and editing the video. Ashlee Burlie, a local artist, designed and printed the posters. Kaela Moore, Prevention Initiative Content Manager at the Community Engagement Institute, guided the creative vision and organization of the project.

On the day of filming, 20 volunteers showed up to get the word out about suicide prevention. Anne Coleman volunteered her time as the main character in the film and worked tirelessly alongside other dedicated volunteers to make sure every scene was shot well. We are grateful to all the volunteers who helped us with this project from its inception. It would not have been possible without their commitment and passion for suicide prevention.

“This was a fantastic project to work on. It was obvious that the volunteers wanted to be there and we had a great team. Unmanned Experts appreciates the opportunity to raise suicide prevention awareness whenever possible and was happy to be part of this project,” said Prall of Unmanned Experts.

Bailey Blair, board member for the Greater Kansas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and one of our volunteers, expressed her excitement about the project as well. “The best thing that can come of this is a willingness to share, to engage in conversations, and to realize that when we struggle, we are not alone. It is only through talking about suicide that we can begin to make progress toward true suicide prevention.”

If you or someone you know is suicidal, reach out! Talk to someone you trust. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org to chat with a counselor. Download the MY3 app to stay connected. You are not alone and this is not the end. There is hope.

Follow us on Facebook and visit our website to get more information on suicide prevention throughout National Suicide Prevention Week, September 5-11.

If your community is organizing events for National Suicide Prevention Week, submit the details to KPCTeam@wichita.edu and we will add them to the Kansas Prevention Collaborative calendar.