History of International Survivors of Suicide Day

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father’s suicide, introduced a new resolution to the United States Senate. With its passing, the US Congress designated the Saturday before American Thanksgiving as National Survivors of Suicide Day, a day in which friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. In recognition of suicide's worldwide impact and that sites are organized on every continent, our program is called International Survivors of Suicide Day.

International Survivors of Suicide Day has grown each year, and now the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s program unites survivors of suicide loss across the world. At hundreds of local gatherings on six continents, survivors of suicide loss gather together to remember their loved ones and offer each support. At each of these community centered events, organizers show a 90 minute DVD created by AFSP that features the personal stories and advice of other survivors and psychiatric professionals. Survivors of suicide loss are also able to watch from the comfort of their own homes, as we stream the program on our website.

To learn how to host your own International Survivors of Suicide Day site in your community please visit www.afsp.org/survivorconference