During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. Kristin experienced this misery, yet still managed to touch many lives and even in death continues to help others find help for their depression.
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center was created to help those in crisis find help and hope immediately. The site and her story gives you a raw, personal glimpse into depression, and how it affects those around you. In addition, you will find the only clear, step-by-step path for you to follow out of the darkness. There is hope and you can feel happy again! If you need to speak with someone right now call: 1.800.442.HOPE

Alive! Mental Health Fair dates for 2015:

02.18.2015 - Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD
02.23.2015 - Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY
02.24.2015 - SUNY OCC, Syracuse, NY
02.25.2015 - PSU Greater Allegheny, McKeesport, PA
03.05.2015 - Darton State College
03.10.2015 -South West Technical College, Fennimore, WI
04.01.2015 - St Charles Community College, Cottleville, MO
04.02.2015 - University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL
04.02.2015 - MiraCosta College, Oceanside CA
04.06.2015 - Centenary College, Hackettstown NJ
04.13.2015 - FSU- Alive Fair in a Box - Rained Out TBD
05.05.2015 - Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY

Please scroll down to see more schools that sponsored
the Alive! Mental Health Fair in previous years ...

Alive! Mental Health Fair

The Alive! Mental Health Fair is a program of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center. It was created to provide an interesting educational suicide prevention program aimed at college students. The fair has visited over 40 colleges so far, and each event has been a huge success! The onsite counselors are amazed at how this event, like no other before, helps them start the conversation about suicide prevention with the students.

Most people do not know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college students.

Alive! Mental Health Fair includes several one going and time-specific exhibits. There is an Art Therapy and a hands-on Graffiti Art Exhibit where each student is able to create their own art expression on a large canvas. The canvas is pre-populated with a theme customized for each campus.

We screen "A Reason To Live" Documentary which depicts young suicidal adults grappling with life and death issues and how crisis interventionists help them.

In addition, there is a Create-Your-Own-Secret Exhibit, where blank postcards are sent to each campus in advance of the fair's arrival so that students can write their secrets in advance and then come and look at their own and other secrets put on display at the fair.

Lastly, there is a 1-hour suicide prevention training course in QPR, Question Persuade and Refer, on how to ask a friend or someone you are concerned about if they are suicidal, how to persuade them to get help, where to find that help and take them there. Counselors invited from the host college will be on hand to meet and speak to the students.

Download the Alive! Mental Health Fair one-sheet document (PDF)
Download a blank Secret postcard to print and share your secret!

To see the promo poster for the fair, click here.

Campus Activities Magazine article on the Alive Mental Health Fair (PDF 39MB)

We are now booking the Alive! Mental Health Fair
at college campuses for Spring and Fall 2014

Questions about the fair? Please contact reese@hopeline.com

See what the Alive Mental Health Fair is all about...


Alive! Mental Health Fair dates for 2014:

02.20.2014 - Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
02.24.2014 - Jefferson Community College, Watertown NY
02.25.2014 - Lindenwood College, St. Charles MO
02.26.2014 - SUNY Onondaga, Syracuse NY
02.28.2014 - PSU Greater Allegheny, McKeesport PA
03.04.2014 - San Bernardino Valley College, CA
03.06.2014 - Doane College, Lincoln NE
03.19.2014 - U of St. Francis, Skokie, Il
03.26.2014 - Richland Community College, Richland, Il
04.10.2014 - UCONN - Stamford, CT
05.27.2014 - Santa Monica College, CA
09.08.2014 - Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX
09.16.2014 - Leir Retreat, Ridgefield, CT
09.22.2014 - Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy, Richmond VA
10.01.2014 - Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ
10.08.2014 - William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
10.09.2014 - Old Dominion University- Norfolk, VA
10.09.2014 - North Caroline Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
11.12.2014 - AUCCCD -Chicago
11.06.2014 - Montgomery College-Takoma Park, MD
11.11.2014 - Montgomery College-Germantown, MD
11.13.2014 - Montgomery College-Rockville, MD
11.13.2014 - Henderson University, Arkadelphia, AR

Alive! Mental Health Fair dates for 2013:

02.22.2013 - Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY
02.25.2013 - Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY
02.27.2013 - Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
03.05.2013 - College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
03.12.2013 - Reedley College, Reedley, CA
03.13.2013 - Fresno College, Fresno, CA
03.14.2013 - Willow International Community College Center, Fresno, CA
03.18.2013 - Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA
03.19.2013 - College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
04.23.2013 - Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD
10.01.2013 - Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
10.07.2013 - Methodist University - Fayetteville, NC
10.08.2013 - Camp Lejeune, NC - Marine Corps Base Camp
10.30.2013 - AUCCCD Annual Conference San Diego
12.04.2013 - Endicott College, Beverly, MA

Alive! Mental Health Fair dates for 2012:

02.27.2012 - Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY
02.28.2012 - Penn State Berks, Redding, PA
04.11.2012 - Community College of Baltimore County (Essex)
04.12.2012 - Community College of Baltimore County (Dundalk)
04.13.2012 - Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville)
04.19.2012 - East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
05.05.2012 - Howard High School Anti-Bullying Event with Ray Rice of Baltimore Ravens
10.09.2012 - Allegheny College of Maryland, Cumberland, MD
10.11.2012 - PSU Greater Allegheny, McKeesport, PA
10.17.2012 - Leir Retreat Center, Ridgefield, CT
11.02.2012 - Reading PA - Mental Health America
12.01.2012 – Kent Island High School, Stevensville, MD

Alive! Mental Health Fair dates for 2011:

03.31.2011 - Alvernia U. Redding PA
04.27.2011 - Chesapeake C.C. Wye River MD
09.06.2011 - Gillette College, Gillette, WY
09.07.2011 - Sheridan College, Sheridan, WY
09.09.2011 - Keuka College
09.22.2011 - Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI
09.26.2011 - PSU-Mont-Alto, Mont Alto, PA
10.06.2011 - Northern Virginia Community College, Sterling , VA
10.11.2011 - PSU- Beaver, Monaca, PA
10.12.2011 - PSU Greater Allegheny, McKeesport , PA
10.13.2011 - PSU DuBois, DuBois, PA
10.14.2011 - Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood , PA
10.18.2011 - Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar, IA
10.19.2011 - Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL
11.01.2011 - North East Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI
11.04.2011 - Keuka College, Keuka, NY
11.10.2011 - Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

Alive! Mental Health Fair dates for 2010:

04.12.2010 - Northeastern University - Boston
05.24.2010 - Green River Community College-St. Auburn, WA
09.22.2010 - Montana State Univ-Bozeman, MT
09.23.2010 - Montana State Univ-Bozeman, MT
09.30.2010 - Penn State Abington, Abington, PA
10.01.2010 - Connecticut College - New London, CT
10.13.2010 - Penn State Greater Allegheny, McKeesport, PA
11.03.2010 - Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ

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Alive! Mental Health Fair 10.6.2011
NOVA Community College

NOVA Community College 10.6.2011
Learn about Hopeline's programs, share a secret

NOVA Community College 10.6.2011
NOVA Graffiti canvas was a hit!

NOVA Community College 10.6.2011
Suicide Prevention training

NOVA Community College 10.6.2011
Fact or Fiction - Myths about suicide and depression dispelled

NOVA Community College 10.6.2011
Students' secrets

More photos of events at other colleges

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