Survivor Outreach

Trained local volunteers are on hand for home visits to:

  • Meet in person with newly-bereaved survivors and their families;
  • Listen with compassion and offer reassurance that surviving a suicide loss is possible;
  • Recommend helpful things to read; and
  • Provide information about local support groups and other local resources

Call Gail Tuohey, New York City Area Director, at (646) 284-5790 to schedule a visit.

FAQs on theSurvivor Outreach Program

Peer-Based Bereavement Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

After a suicide, those left behind often:

  • Wonder if there is anyone out there that understands
  • Need local resources for support
  • Want reliable information about suicide and its aftermath, but aren't sure where to find it

Through AFSP's Survivor Outreach Program, trained local volunteers are on hand to:

  • Meet in person and visit with newly-bereaved survivors and their families
  • Listen with compassion and offer reassurance that surviving a suicide loss is possible
  • Recommend helpful things to read
  • Provide information about support groups and other local resources

How do I request an outreach visit? Simply contact your local AFSP Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator. (See list below.) You'll be asked about your particular loss in order to match your request to a team of two trained volunteer survivors.  Soon after, one of the members of the outreach team will contact you to schedule the visit at a convenient and comfortable location of your choice. The visit generally lasts about an hour.

I know someone who is newly bereaved. Can I request an outreach visit for this person? Please feel free to contact your your local AFSP Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator for more information about the program and share that information with anyone who needs it.  AFSP volunteers only meet with bereaved families and friends who have personally requested a visit.

Is this a counseling service? No, this is not a mental health or counseling service. Outreach volunteers can provide information to the newly bereaved on how to find a qualified mental health professional.

I'm worried that a friend may be suicidal. Can I request an outreach visit for this person? Please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) if you are worried that someone may be thinking of suicide so you can speak with a qualified crisis counselor. AFSP's Survivor Outreach Program is not appropriate in these cases.