What is the S Word? One in 7,500 Americans attempt suicide at some point in their lives. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death nationally, and there are on average 123 completed suicides every day. For every completed suicide, there are 25 attempts (from AFSP). Yet, because of stigma, suicide is almost never openly discussed… until now.

On May 18th, 2018, PEERS will be hosting a FREE screening of the groundbreaking documentary film The S Word. Join us at The New Parkway Theater in Oakland, CA from 2:30 to 5:00pm.


Filmmaker Lisa J. Klein will be in attendance, as will former PEERS employee Kelechi Ubozoh, who is featured in the film. There will be a question and answer session after the film.

The S Word is a movie that delves into many different aspects of suicide – especially the needless silence and shame that surround those affected by it. People featured in the film include suicide-attempt survivors and friends and family of victims. The purpose of this documentary is to foster open and critical conversation about suicide.

“A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of courage, insight and humor. Along the way, she discovers a rising national movement transforming personal struggles into action.” — IMDb

Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) is a mental health non-profit located in Oakland, California. We are proud to host this event in collaboration with Mad Pix Films and The New Parkway Theater.

PEERS confronts mental health stigma by delivering support groups, workshops, and community outreach. We are the premier peer-led mental health alternative for Alameda County residents.

The S Word won a 2017 SAMHSA Voice Award. The film has been shown at schools, theaters, and medical facilities across the country. Visit “The S Word” website to find a screening near you!