This year's International Survivors of Suicide Day was November 23rd and helped to gather and comfort thousands of survivors of suicide loss around the world. Both the newly bereaved and those who are years out from their loss came together to remember and honor their loved ones and further build a community of survivors. We hope you were able to attend in person or experience the online broadcast and we thank those who worked so hard to make this year's events welcoming and healing.
"I turned to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and International Survivors of Suicide Day. I did so to find a way to give, to teach and to help others and myself heal, grow and venture forward. Getting involved and meeting those who have lived with the challenges and encountered some of the same experiences can forge new paths or help reopen some that had long since been abandoned."
Bill Zito, a Board Member at our Westchester chapter, lost his wife, Carol, a decorated police officer and investigator, in 2006. He writes about the twisted road of coping and grief he and his daughter have taken since their wife and mother died.
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Going forward from International Survivors of Suicide Day, here are some resources that may be helpful:
- Learn more about how to handle the holidays and special events following a loss
- Better understand grief and healing with this list of books and resources selected by AFSP for survivors of suicide loss
- Help children process their grief
- Find your local AFSP Chapter to access more resources in your community and participate in events which work towards suicide prevention
- This special Ask The Experts section contains in-depth resource information on all of the topics covered in this year’s program by five of the nation's leading experts on suicide prevention and bereavement
November 22, 2014
Next year's International Survivors of Suicide Day will be held on November 22, 2014 and we hope you will attend and continue to foster a caring and supportive community of survivors.
Stay in touch by joining the AFSP Survivor e-Network. AFSP shares information and resources by email with a worldwide network comprised of over 50,000 survivors of suicide loss, mental health professionals, and many others.
"Being involved in Survivor Day has been transformative for me, and I look at the growth within myself and the new connections I have made with other survivors and clinicians. It's also an opportunity to witness the compassion people give each other."
Anne DiNoto of our Boston Chapter, lost two uncles 25 years apart. She writes about her journey from choosing not to stay silent to getting involved with the AFSP and organizing a Survivor Day event at Boston University.