The following resources are valuable for those impacted by the suicide of a loved one.
CampKita is a week-long summer camp program open to children ages 8-17 who are survivors of a loved one’s suicide.
Mission22 is an incredible mission to end military veteran suicide. 22 veterans take their own life each day and Mission22 is working hard to get that number to zero. If you have lost a veteran to suicide, check out this wonderful website!
International Suicide Survivor’s Day takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year. There are events taking place all over the world for a “day on which friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support” -Senator Harry Reid Click on the link to find an event near you this year.
Our Side of Suicide “is a blog offering hope, comfort, and support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.” A great resource for those impacted by suicide.
Alliance of Hope has a forum where over 8,000 members log on to dialogue about their grief, connect with other survivors, and find healing in the process. There are also informative blogs and survivor-specific book reviews.
Friends For Survival has been offering a bereavement program for family and friends after a suicide death since 1983. They have a variety of resources including a monthly newsletter of encouragement and helpful information, lending library, support meetings in Northern California and phone support.
In-Person Support Groups are found all around the world. These groups are usually peer led and can provide support and understanding whether the suicide was last week or last decade. If you attend a group and don’t love it, give it another shot or try a new one. If you find a group that works, the support can be priceless! Typically, all support groups are free of charge. Click on the link provided to find a group in your city.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Statistics show that once a suicide has taken place in your family or with a close friend, you are much more likely to take your own life as well. Call for help if you need it! No shame in that!