How to Connect with Fellow Survivors by Brandy Lidbeck

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Often times, as survivors, we feel alone and isolated. We feel as if nobody could ever understand our pain and hurt. Too often, we suffer alone because we don’t know anyone else who has ever experienced a suicide. Fortunately, there is a way to connect with fellow survivors in your community and also raise awareness around suicide.

During the months of September and October, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosts community walks all over the United States in hopes of raising awareness, offering support to fellow survivors, and bringing the community together. If you have never been to one, check out the 1-minute video below to get a closer look at what you can expect when attending. Each weekend you will find people in your own backyard fully aware of the pain and devastation suicide brings. We no longer need to feel alone.


I encourage you to head over to AFSP and check the schedule for walks in your area. It’s a¬†great way to connect with others in your own neighborhood. Who knows, you might even gain a community of fellow survivors to lean on during the upcoming holiday season when it is often difficult to cope.

If you do attend a walk, let us know how it went by leaving a comment or writing about your experience.

One Response

  1. Joann Jungels

    I just read your article, and thank you for giving this group of people a resource that is really a helpful thing we can participate in, and feel like we are not alone or have to be alone. I am going to look up right now where a walk will be in my area.
    Thank you again for the helpful information.