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Syracuse Summer Theater Partners with Contact Community Services to Raise Awareness about Suicide

The entrance to Contact Community Services in East Syracuse, N.Y. (c) 2018 Naiya Brooks

By Naiya Brooks EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)Syracuse Summer Theater’s musical “Pippin” partnered with Contact Community  Services to raise awareness about suicide prevention. Suicide is a theme in the play and the theater thought it would be a perfect way to give back.

“Well they decided to partner with us, thankfully,” said Contact’s Director of Community Engagement, Matt Michael. “They saw that we exist and provide these services and that they had an opportunity through the play to help support us.”

The partnership with help Contact financially and in the community.

“We don’t do a lot of fundraising, we don’t have a fundraising department, but it’s more awareness and trying to reach an audience you wouldn’t have reached otherwise,” said Michael.

Michael said that suicide rates are rising around the country and in Onondaga County especially after recent high profile celebrity suicides.

 

“If I told you I had cancer, you would be very sympathetic. If I told you I had a mental illness, would you react the same way?” said Michael. “There’s a suicide epidemic right now and we’re not immune to it here.”

 

Members of the Syracuse Summer Theater wrapped up their production of “Pippin” on August 5th.

 

Contact encourages anyone that is contemplating suicide to call their hotline at 315-251-0600.