Bulletin Staff Report

Bend artist Nicola Carpinelli is exhibiting a painting series called “The Dead Poets” starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Peterson Roth Gallery in downtown Bend. The series — paintings of creative people lost to suicide — is timed to coincide with Suicide Prevention Month in September and with World Suicide Awareness Day, which is Tuesday.

The exhibit opening will start with a panel convening at the gallery for a discussion on suicide prevention. The lineup is being finalized, but California psychotherapist Howard Asher and actress and author Mariel Hemingway have committed.

Carpinelli hopes the show and the panel might connect with someone facing her or his own personal struggles.

Several events are also being held by Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance this week.

On Tuesday, local suicide prevention experts and community members will host a forum at St. Charles Bend to discuss how communication can be a tool to save lives. The event, which encourages people who have survived a suicide attempt or who have lost someone to suicide to share their stories, will be at 6:30 p.m. in conference rooms C and D.

Oregon State University is hosting an event Wednesday focused on using mindfulness as a way to reduce stress. The event will be at 6 p.m. at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.

On Thursday, a candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. on the Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center lawn at 520 NW Wall St. Anyone who has lost someone to suicide is invited to listen to music and poetry and to the story of a local suicide survivor.

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