Training Program: Facilitating a Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Suicide loss survivors across the country need to connect with one another. Become a vital part of their support network by leading a support group for them in your community.

AFSP’s Facilitator Training Program teaches you how to create and facilitate a support group to help people move forward in the aftermath of a suicide.

Two Courses

  • Facilitating an adult support group
  • Facilitating a child and teen support group


The two-day trainings, of up to 36 attendees each, combine lecture, interactive discussion, and role-playing, and are led by experts in the field of suicide bereavement.   

Who Should Attend?

  • Mental health professionals and survivors of suicide loss who want to start a support group.
  • Current group facilitators who want to strengthen their skills, stay up to date on the latest practices, and explore issues they have encountered while facilitating.

Attendee Recommendations

  • Survivors of suicide loss should wait at least two years after experiencing such a loss before attending. 
  • We recommend that non-clinician attendees have at least one year experience participating in a support group.

Interested in attending a Facilitator Training? Learn more.