Each year in November on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving, at hundreds of locations throughout the world, people who have been touched by suicide come together for International Survivors of Suicide Day (ISOSD).
ISOSD gatherings offer an opportunity for those who have survived a suicide loss to share information, mutual support, and healing.
At ISOSD gatherings, participants view a DVD presentation that features survivors of suicide loss sharing their stories and guidance, with experts revealing current information about suicide and grief.
It’s easy to organize an ISOSD gathering in your own community with the help of our Step-by-Step Guide. With your assistance, families and individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide can join together for support, knowing they are not alone.
What do I need to do?
We’ve made it easy to organize an ISOSD gathering. All you need to do is:
- Find a location available on Saturday, November 23
- Promote your site to other survivors; and
- Play a DVD for those who attend.
We take care of the rest.
What’s on the DVD?
The free DVD features an open and honest conversation about how to heal following a suicide loss.
It features a panel of survivors and mental health professionals discussing the questions so many newly bereaved people ask, such as:
- Why did this happen?
- Where can I find support?
- What should I tell my children?
- How can I honor my loved one?
Why should I organize a site?
If you live or work in a community where no gathering for International Survivors of Suicide Day is currently held, you can help those in your community who have lost someone to suicide by making this high-quality program available to them. The program provides survivors of suicide with the support and resources they desperately need. Those who attend and participate in these gatherings find great comfort in knowing that they are not alone, but rather are part of aworldwide communitycoping with suicide loss.