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Presentations from suicide survivor, filmmaker aimed at Craig community

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Bryce Mackie

Students at Moffat County High School and Hayden High School will hear depression and suicide prevention presentations today and Friday, respectively.

And, the speaker, Bryce Mackie, will also present for community members at 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

Ronna Autrey, suicide prevention coordinator for Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, said her group wanted to bring Mackie in to try to reach students and also raise awareness in the community.

A great way to accomplish that goal is through Mackie's documentary, "Eternal High," Autrey said. "Eternal High" is about a dark period in the life of Mackie, a native of the Chicago area.

Mackie's documentary was made after he survived a suicide attempt in high school, and focuses on the period of his life when he was "severely depressed and didn't know what was wrong," Autrey said.

Autrey said Mackie will screen his documentary and then speak to the audience.

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Mackie's father will join him onstage during the community presentation tonight, Autrey said. His father brings a fitting presence to the presentation and makes its message that much more relevant for families, Autrey said.

"It is an excellent presentation for families to learn how this family dealt with their son's depression," she said. "And, how they got him help and how he is doing so much better today and living a productive life."

Tonight's presentation is free and open to the public. Autrey said donations to REPS are welcome.

For more information about Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, call Autrey at 846-8182

If you go

What: “Eternal High” film and presentation with Bryce Mackie

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane

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