International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is once again sponsoring International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Saturday, November 17, 2018.  This is one day a year when people touched by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.  This Saturday loss survivors around the globe will gather in small and large events while growing together in their grief journey.  Each event is unique and offers various programming, however each event site will feature an AFSP documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience and connection.  Click on the following link to watch previous documentaries: The Journey: A story of Healing and Hope and The Journey Revisited; Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life After Loss; Family Journeys: Healing and Hope After a Suicide – https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/survivor-day-documentaries/

Suicide Loss Day Sites in Indiana

There are 8 registered Loss Day sites throughout the state of Indiana:  Fort Wayne, Anderson, Chesterton, Granger, Indianapolis (2), Jeffersonville and Princeton.  Click here for more details for each site.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

AFSP is a world-wide organization that raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.  Their work has spearheaded efforts in finding better ways to prevent suicide, has created a culture that’s smart about mental health, and more importantly, they work hard in bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  Learn more about AFSP’s mission and history by clicking on the link and to better understand that you are not alone in your journey of loss – https://afsp.org/about-afsp/

For more information, feel free to contact Alice Jordan-Miles at 260.481.4184 or at jordana@pfw.edu

Submitted on behalf of the Regional Mental Health Coalition of Northeast Indiana and written by Alice Jordan-Miles, MS Ed, Director, Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute (BHFSI) at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW).

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More Resources

For more resources, visit LookUp’s Suicide Prevention Topic page here.

These toolkits are intended to help individuals and families following a suicide attempt or loss:

The Finding Hope: A Toolkit for Suicide Prevention toolkit provides information on suicide prevention and coping after a suicide attempt.

The  Help and Hope: For Survivors of Suicide Loss toolkit provides supportive information to loved ones following a suicide loss.

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of distress, please reach out to a mental health professional or get confidential, free support and text LOOKUP to 494949.

If you live in Indiana and need help finding a behavioral health provider, visit Find Help or call (800) 284-8439.

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