EVENT: Children and Suicide

I can't make this event, but if you, please report back! Can't wait to see the film. You should also note that Kevin Roy of ABC7 is hosting this event. He won an Emmy a few years ago for a segment on his own trial with the suicide of his mother. Should be a great event.

HBO and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Host Chicago Premiere of the HBO Documentary Film


Filmmaker Dana Perry will attend and participate in Panel Discussion

What: In the wake of recent suicide deaths involving children and teens in Cook County, HBO and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), will host a preview screening of the HBO Documentary Film “BOY INTERRUPTED” with special guest, filmmaker Dana Perry.

The screening will take place the night before the AFSP’s National Out of Darkness Overnight walk, an 18-mile walk from sunset to sunrise to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention, education and research programs.

Where: SwissĂ´tel Chicago – 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

When: Friday, June 26, 2009

5:00 p.m. – Reception – Zurich ABC

6:00 p.m. – Screening – Zurich D

Who: Panel Discussion to follow with:

Dana Perry – Filmmaker and mother of Evan Perry, subject in film

Paula Clayton M.D. – Medical Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Moderated by: Kevin Roy – Weekend Anchor, ABC 7

Details: “BOY INTERRUPTED” tells the heartbreaking story of Evan Perry, a 15-year- old boy who took his own life after a lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. An official selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary recounts Evan’s life and death in the words of his parents, filmmakers Hart and Dana Perry, and others who knew him. Illustrating how one family deals with generations of loss and grief, this moving film illuminates the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide among children.

“BOY INTERRUPTED” premieres on HBO on August 3.

Video and more information at: www.hbo.com