Sunday afternoon, the Lehigh Valley's Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held an event to raise awareness about bullying and suicide.
The event was held at Lehigh Valley Hospital's Muhlenburg Campus, and included the screening of a film made locally called "One Way Out."
The film focuses on a young man who struggles with his sexuality and bullying, and decides his only way out is suicide.
"It opened up a lot of doors for kids to talk to their parents about bullying, about sexuality, about suicide. It opened a lot of doors for guidance counselors to be able to accept questions from their students, a lot of teachers showed the film in their schools, and it really just became very culturally relevant," said film maker Eric Leadbetter.
After the film screening, there was a discussion.
Officials with the AFSP say there have been 33 confirmed suicides since January 1st in the Lehigh Valley alone.