Regis University Addresses Silence and Stigma of Suicide

During the month of September, Regis University participated in Suicide Prevention Month by addressing the silence and stigma associated with suicide through hosting a screening of “The S Word.” “The S Word” is a new feature-length film that addresses the topic of suicide and was screened on Monday, September 25. The documentary screening was followed by a reception with the film’s director, Lisa Klein, and other individuals who are responsible for bringing the film to Regis University.

The documentary “puts a human face on an often feared and misunderstood topic by sharing the stories of suicide-attempt survivors, their families and loved ones.” The documentary lays close to filmmaker Lisa Klein’s heart because she lost both her father and brother to suicide. Her goal was to create a film that would open much-needed conversation about suicide and boldly discuss. Hosting this film at Regis fits with university’s mission of “cura personalis or care for the entire person.” David Law, director of Student Activities and Leadership at Regis, explained how the university has “been expanding their vision of ‘caring for one another’ into new neighborhoods [and] sharing this movie helps in these efforts.”

“The S Word” is being screened throughout the United States and Canada at universities, community centers, film festivals, etc. Each screening is followed by a discussion with the director and local suicide-prevention experts. For a complete list of dates and venues, to learn how to host a screening or for general information about the film, please visit or contact Patricia Harris DiLeva at

To view the full article, please visit the Regis University News.

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