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Film seeks to stem suicides


After months of filming, a documentary on suicide prevention produced in part by a New Hampshire-based mental health awareness organization will be released publicly on Sept. 9.

The 43-minute film, titled “Samaritans: You are Not Alone,” focuses on the life-saving suicide prevention work by the local organization, Samaritans Inc., and was produced in conjunction with the nonprofit Keep Sound Minds (KSM) and the Honce Oui Media Group. KSM, which was founded by Ken and Danielle Lambert of Brentwood, also provided the funding for the film. The documentary will be shown on Sept. 9 at NHTI, Concord's Community College, in Grappone Hall, at 6:30 p.m. The showing will be free and open to the public.

The film will be shown again at The Loft at the Music Hall in Portsmouth on Oct. 7. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and will be available at www.themusichall.org.

The documentary features many who have been touched by Samaritans' services, from attempt survivors, those who have lost a loved one to suicide, and Samaritans' volunteers.

Ken Lambert, KSM executive director, and Steve Mongeau, executive director of Samaritans Inc., are both survivors of suicide, meaning they have lost a loved one to suicide.

Lambert and Mongeau are featured in the video along with many other survivors who use Samaritans' Grief Support Services.

Lambert's two children, Kaleigh, 5, and Shane, 4, died in 2008 when their mentally ill aunt, Marci Thibault, intentionally walked them into traffic on Interstate 495 in Lowell, Mass. Thibault and the children were struck and killed in an accident that the Lamberts say was the result of a misunderstood mental illness.

“The goals of KSM are to empathize, educate, encourage, and inspire, all within the realm of mental health. I feel this film embodies all four. It spotlights the important work that Samaritans does on a daily basis, but for the average person just watching it will accomplish much more than that,” Lambert said. “Everyone at Keep Sound Minds is extremely proud of the efforts involved in this and how it came out in the end.”

The documentary will be shown on Sept. 9 at NHTI, Concord's Community College, in Grappone Hall, at 6:30 p.m. No RSVP is needed and the showing will be free and open to the public.

The film will be shown again at The Loft at the Music Hall in Portsmouth on Oct. 7. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and will be available at www.themusichall.org.


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