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Special showing of ‘Suicide The Ripple Effect’
By Renee Beasley Jones The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer retrieved from http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/special-showing-of-suicide-the-ripple-effect/article_da3316f1-c8b4-57c7-9935-8c6aad4cb272.html
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Jessica Owens wears a white-gold necklace with a small medallion that reads: Love, hope, trust.
It was a gift from her husband Corey Owens on their wedding day — June 13, 2013.
And Owens’ left wrist has “love” tattooed on it three times. She explains that one is a replica of her mom’s handwriting. Another is her mother-in-law’s handwriting. The third is her husband’s.
“I wanted to do something to remind myself there are three people in my life who have loved me,” the 41-year-old Owensboro woman said.
She’s a striking woman with shoulder-length strawberry blond hair, porcelain skin and blue eyes.
Owens works as an X-ray technician and just celebrated her fifth anniversary with a man she adores.
She’s quick to smile. Instead of handshakes, she prefers hugs.
Looking at her and talking to her, it’s hard to believe Owens tried to take her life multiple times. Her most recent attempt was 2016.
Medical problems coupled with family deaths took their toll, but it was more than that.
Her ears fell deaf to compliments and words of love and encouragement. For some unknown reason — even to herself — she felt like a burden.
“My mother committed suicide when I was 25,” Owens said. “I think both my parents struggled with mental illness that was untreated.”
Sitting on a couch at the Owensboro Convention Center on Friday, Owens explained why she talks so openly about her attempts at suicide.
“I know I’m not alone,” she said. “I want people to know there’s help. When you’re in that situation, you feel like you’re on an island.”
Owens, who sought mental-health treatment and continues her therapy, has a new calling. She wants to bring awareness to an issue that often gets hushed or talked about only in whispers.
When it comes to suicide, the silent treatment doesn’t work, she said.
“Suicide is not a bad word,” Owens said.
She also has another objective right now.
Owens wants to get the word out about a special viewing of Kevin Hines’ documentary titled “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. July 10 at Malco Owensboro Theater, 5333 Frederica St.
When she learned some theaters in Georgia showed the film earlier this year, she almost made the trip.
On Sept. 24, 2000, Hines attempted suicide by jumping from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Miraculously, he survived the four-second fall.
In a YouTube video, Hines said the instant he started to free fall he knew he’d made a mistake.
Last year, 46 people died after jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Each year, nearly 45,000 people die from suicide.
Brentwood Springs, a mental-health and addiction treatment center in Newburgh, partnered with the Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition to show Hines’ documentary in Owensboro.
“His story is nationally known and very powerful,” said Mike Flaherty, president of the local coalition. “He can speak to a lot of people who have these dark impulses.”
As for Owens, she found the help she needed at Brentwood Springs last year. She received treatment there for 10 weeks.
She recently made a testimonial for the treatment center’s website.
Owens plans to continue mental-health therapy the rest of her life.
And she’s made a commitment to keep talking honestly and openly about suicide. Owens wants people to know “there’s help out there.”
Renee Beasley Jones, 270-228-2835, [email protected]
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You are NOT alone. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255). https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/