This Saturday, November 21st is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) supports hundreds of Survivor Day events around the world, in which suicide loss survivors come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.
As a suicide loss survivor, I was fortunate to get the support of family, friends, and incredible mental health experts and coaches.
17 years later, and on the other side of my grief, I now work as a co-facilitator with AFSP at Solace in virtual support groups and one-on-one conversations with survivors. It was comforting for me to know that such support groups exist, and now I have found my own calling in helping others heal from the pain of suicide.
In the state of California on average, one person dies by suicide every two hours.
The Center for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield said in a Buck Institute webinar that suicides and drug overdoses have surpassed the death rate for COVID-19 among high school students. Redfield argued that lockdowns and lack of public schooling constituted a disproportionally negative impact on young peoples’ mental health.
If you or someone you know is a suicide or suicide loss survivor, register to join us at this AFSP virtual event to connect and find hope through our shared experience.
If you or someone know are in crisis, please know that help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255 or Text TALK to 741741.