Project 22 Documentary on Suicide

Project 22 Documentary on Suicide:  The Holiday Season is in full swing across America.  It can be the best of times.  It can be the worst of times. The worst of times can develop into thoughts of taking one’s own life.

Suicide.  It is an important issue that deserves recognition, especially in the mist of holiday music claiming,  “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  Many face the thought of self destruction.  Being part of the U.S. Armed Forces, both past and present, can add to the depression, especially this time of year.  Suicide deaths in our military community, outnumber combat deaths.   Some sources claim twenty-two military service members take their own lives per day, while other research insists the number is higher when homeless Veteran’s suicide is included.  Regardless of the actual number, it is heart breaking.

While searching for information on Suicide Apps for mobile phones for our Veterans and Service Members, I discovered this important article that Rebecca Croomes wrote for, The News Courier, regarding, Project 22 documentary on suicide.   If this documentary is successfully presented in Huntsville, Alabama, and other states, our support can bring it nationwide.  It is one way to stand up for, and demonstrate concern for our military community.  I am re-posting this article for this reason.

Veteran suicide is one of the biggest issues facing the military community. With that in mind, two combat-wounded veterans decided they would travel the country and speak to other veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide prevention.

Their travels were made into a documentary titled “Project 22” (for the supposed 22 veterans that take their own lives each day) that is showing in theaters across the country. A Limestone County veteran is asking the community to buy tickets so the film can be shown at an area theater. 

 Will Black has been a veteran for the last decade and a resident of Alabama for 14 years. A friend-of-a-friend worked on the film and talked to Black about its impact. Black said when he heard about the mission to prevent veteran suicide and build a stronger camaraderie among veterans, he wanted to bring the film to his home. 

“I went into this blind,” Black said, adding that North Alabama has a large veteran community, but he personally knows maybe one or two.

The film’s promoters told Black he needed at least 67 ticket reservations to bring the movie to a North Alabama theater. He enlisted Carmike 18 in south Huntsville to host the show and Black is now working to sell tickets. Forty-two had been sold by Friday afternoon, but, by Sunday, only nine days remain to fill the rest of the reservations. 

 Veterans are “not some monsters or animals of war,” Black said, but “they’re people who are hurting.” Black said the film is important, because it could possibly save someone’s life.

“This is one of those real things that can help prevent veteran suicide,” he said. “The documentary on its own has plenty to offer. It kind of lets you into that world. I think this can really alleviate (PTSD) for people.” 

To purchase a ticket, visit Deadline for ticket purchase is Dec. 8 and the show is planned for Dec. 15 at the Carmike 18 at 1485 Four Mile Post Road, Huntsville.

Editor’s Update:  As of Sunday, December, 6, 2015, 74 tickets have been sold. Goal met!



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