Suicide of a loved one affects many more people that just the deceased. It affects spouses, children, family members, friends and co-workers of the deceased. Often it affects the entire business of the deceased’s employer. It affects most anyone who knew the deceased personally or professionally. These are the survivors of suicide.
Anniversaries of the suicide and the upcoming holiday season can be especially challenging for many survivors. Healing from suicide takes time and each of us grieves in our own way, but too often in isolation. Many survivors aren’t aware that they are far from being alone, and a great deal support is available.
Survivor Day, Nov 23, 2019 is a nationally recognized as a day for those affected by suicides to join for support and healing. To locate support groups, or to join other survivors in Survivor Day events near you, visit Espyr’s partner in suicide awareness and prevention programming, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.org Or reach out to your Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Your EAP can provide support for survivors and help them access healing communities and other resources. If you are not sure if your employer offers an assistance program, contact your human resources representative.
If you are a survivor or if you care about someone who is, please encourage them to reach out.