Suicide and mental illness are major health problems that affect everyone. The topic is often viewed as taboo, and family members left behind can feel stigmatized and unable to talk openly about their experience and grief.

'What's Left: Lives Touched by Suicide' is a multimedia exhibit to create a proactive community dialogue about suicide and mental illness with a goal of reducing the stigma surrounding them. There is an Opening Reception at the Rochester Civic Theatre on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 5p-7p. A short program begins at 5:30p. The exhibit will be open from 11 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday through January 29th. Tours are available by appointment outside of these hours. Please email or call 507-282-8481.

'What's Left' features over 50 of Minnesota's finest artists in painting, poetry, sculptures, graffiti, glass, weaving, photography and more. 'What's Left' will provide space for participating artists and the broader community to reflect on the impact of suicide and mental illness and explore the use of artistic expression in the process of grieving, healing and expressing hope. Audience members will also have the chance to listen to an interactive audio installation of stories from survivors and record their own stories and responses to the exhibit.

The exhibit is on loan from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN in partnership with the Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission, National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Southeast Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Southeast Minnesota and Rochester Civic Theatre.

If you need someone to talk to, text 'life' to 61222 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.