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Acts of Solace Project
June 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Peer-run mental health nonprofit Wellness in the Woods partnered with community-based theatre artist Haley Honeman to develop a performance aimed at fostering awareness about suicide in the region through stories.
True stories and monologues from people in the region are highlighted in the Acts of Solace Project. Readers describe the shame and judgment associated with suicide.
One monologue during the performance described someone who couldn’t stand the loneliness after her husband died. Another monologue was from a soldier struggling with PTSD.
The play was interspersed with facts about suicide and resources available to those who are struggling.
In 2015 there were 726 suicide deaths reported in Minnesota, up from 686, or an increase of 6 percent, from 2014. The 2015 rate was 13.1 per year per 100,000 Minnesotans up from 12.2 in 2014. Previously, the highest rate was 13 per 100,000 in 1986 (541 deaths). Firearms continue to be the leading method of suicide.
In addition, roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs released in 2016.
An article about the artist that developed this: http://springboardexchange.org/haley-honeman-is-silencing-the-stigma-and-erasing-the-silence-around-suicide/