Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Ask the Experts by The Family Center

Q: I lost a loved one to suicide and lately I've found myself feeling isolated and alone. Are there groups or activities where I can find others who are going through the same thing I am?

A: You are not alone. Suicide affects millions of people every year. There are active suicide support groups in many communities. Afsp.org/find-support and suicide.org both provide listings of various group options for your location.

Here in Grosse Pointe, a program planned called "International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day," is coming up on Saturday, November 18 to bring together people who've lost someone to suicide. The program, organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), will feature a screening of the documentary, "The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope."

The film traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss through the eyes of a diverse group of loss survivors and shows how those left behind navigate the aftermath of their loves one's suicide to find meaning and even joy. The event will also include a presentation from an expert in the field of suicide prevention, Gigi Colombini, who is the founder of the Institute for Hope and Human Flourishing in Birmingham, a survivor panel and lunch, among other activities.

In the meantime, and always, remember to take good care of yourself physically - get good rest, drink water, exercise; and mentally - connect with others who will listen without judgement and with other survivors who understand what you're going through.

Save the Date

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9:30am
Grosse Pointe Public Library Central Branch, 10 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms

FREE

Register early - online at

afsp.org/survivor_day/grosse-pointe-michigan

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