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Sierra College hosts Alive! Mental Health Fair 2013

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The founder of (1) 800-SUICIDE has created a format for delivering a message of hope to suicide prevention. This message will be delivered at the Alive! Mental Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Sierra College.

The fair will present onsite student-created “Post Your Own Secret” exhibit, documentaries and a one-hour suicide-prevention training program, QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer).

There will be booths with information, therapy and local help resources as well as offering education in suicide prevention with the goal of building a more effective safety net for Sierra College students.

The fair aims to inspire and raise awareness of alternative mental-health therapies such as graffiti art therapy.

The Alive! Mental Health Fair is created through a partnership between the nonprofit Kristin Brooks Hope Center, the founder of 1-800 SUICIDE, the National Hopeline Network and IMAlive LLC.

(1) 800 -SUICIDE provides a life-saving service that is private and confidential for those in need. The callers are routed directly to the closest crisis center in their immediate area so that quick referrals to behavioral health services and other supports can be offered. Since 1998, (1) 800-SUICIDE has received more than 6 million calls.

Reese Butler is the keynote speaker for the Alive! Mental Health Fair & Suicide Prevention Tour.

“It has taken 14 years to have the chance to do a college suicide prevention tour in California focusing on mental-health issues, which was my original goal after my wife Kristin died by suicide in 1998 in Vallejo, California,” Butler said. “The goal was delayed by the massive undertaking of building the National Hopeline Network of over 200 crisis centers to answer the calls from (1) 800-SUICIDE. It’s great to finally be able to deliver a positive, progressive-thinking mental-health fair for an important cause, which will make a direct impact and help people in desperate situations that need it the most.”

For more information on the fair, go online to alivefair.com.

Sierra College will also sponsor a Community Agency Resource Fair, suicide prevention and intervention trainings facilitated by Gold Country Chaplaincy and live performances by Lyrics Legends Leaders.