Sierra College holds mental health and suicide prevention fair

By: Staff Report
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What: Suicide prevention mental health fair and training

Who: Sierra College, Hopeline, Reason To Live, 1-800 SUICIDE

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 27

Where: Sierra College




The reality of depression and suicide has inspired the founder of 1-800-SUICIDE to create an exciting format for delivering a message of hope. It is called the Alive! Mental Health Fair and it is coming to Sierra College Feb. 27.

The fair will present onsite student created “Post Your Own Secret” exhibit, compelling documentaries and a one-hour suicide prevention training program called QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer). There will be booths with information, therapy and local help resources as well as education in suicide prevention with the goal of building a more effective safety net for all students at Sierra College. 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 non-profit organization 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 people 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 over 6 million calls and rescued more than 10,000 individuals who had already initiated suicide plans.

Reese Butler is the keynote speaker for the Alive! Mental Health Fair and Suicide Prevention Tour. Butler understands the struggles those who are affected by mental health issues face on a daily basis. His wife, Kristin, committed suicide in 1998.

“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,” Reese 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.”

“In moments of bravery and confusion and honesty, people turn to 1-800-SUICIDE – over six million of them,” Reese said. “The folks at the Hopeline Centers have been answering those calls for over 14 years, picking up the phone when it's mattered most. To be able to use the popularity of PostSecret to attract students to the fair and hopefully get educated as to the warning signs is an honor for me.”

Since 1998, 1-800-SUICIDE has received more than five million calls and rescued more than 10,000 individuals who had already initiated suicide plans.

Sierra College will also sponsor a Community Agency Resource Fair with over 20 partners: Suicide Prevention and Intervention trainings facilitated by Gold Country Chaplaincy, and Live performances by Lyrics Legends Leaders, breakout sessions on current mental wellness topics such as; stress management, dating violence prevention, helping friends in crisis, and speakers from numerous Placer County and Sacramento County mental health agencies.

For more information about the organization and its programs, go to