Friday, November 18, 2011

International Suicide Survivor Awareness Day


Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving is International Suicide Survivor Awareness Day. This global effort reaches out to hundreds of thousands of people who've lost a loved one to suicide. This Saturday, November 19, 2011, is their 13th year of raising awareness and providing support.

Over 230 simultaneous conferences for survivors of suicide loss will take place throughout the U.S. and across the world. An amazing network of healing conferences is available for those who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss.

Connecting on this day allows survivors to know that they are not alone in this experience. And perhaps more important than anything else, research has shown that survivors of suicide contribute significantly in better understanding suicide and its prevention. There is great power in the personal narrative.

Read more on suicide outreach and about the 10 common myths about suicide here

And if you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK



7 comments:

Wanda's Wings said...

Thank you for continuing to share such helpful information. PS Your book is wonderful and full of information.

Dr. Deb said...

Wanda,
I appreciate your kind words. So very much, my friend.

Denise said...

Thank you for bringing attention to this very personal, and very important, marker in a "Survivor's" calendar. It may also gratify you to know that the research you cited about survivors giving back to their community, is indeed credible on a tangible level, too. Two such souls - surviving a teen suicide in 2004 - are currently giving presentations in public schools in our area about the dangers of bullying - and the potential for suicide as the result. May peace be with all this special day.

Dr. Deb said...

Denise,
What a great story you've shared!

Raine said...

I kept the numbers provided in the article

Counselor CEUs said...

as a suicide survivor, these resources are helpful thanks

Rose said...

Your information is very valuable. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!