Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
2019 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day November 23
Contact: Sue Joffe, 816-2014, Susan.Joffe@omh.ny.gov
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day of the year when people who are affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
The 2019 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day program, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23—the Saturday before Thanksgiving—in the Butler Rehabilitation Center Auditorium on the campus of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 400 Forest Ave., Buffalo.
Doors will open at 10 a.m. for registration and refreshments, followed by the program and concluding with lunch. There is no fee, but registration is requested. To register and for more information, please call 816-2014 or email BuffaloPC@omh.ny.gov. The program helps people to know that if someone they love has died by suicide, they are not alone. Sadly, there are many others who share this loss and sorrow. This event is an opportunity for survivors to share their grief, reach out for support, and support others. Caring for those left behind in the aftermath of a suicide is an essential part of suicide prevention because suicide loss survivors who are left to grieve alone are at greater risk for suicide themselves.
This year’s program includes a screening of an AFSP-produced documentary, Pathways To Healing: Hope after Suicide Loss, which follows the family and friends of Chris Taddeo, a young adult who died by suicide. Together, they show the individual experiences a community of people can have after a shared loss: from confusion and denial, to isolation and finding support. Through their various approaches to grief and healing, each journey shares a message of hope, connection and resilience.
A local panel discussion will follow the broadcast. Participants will include family members who have lost relatives to suicide and representatives from the Wilson Support Center, the VA WNY Healthcare System, and the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center. Questions and comments from the audience will be encouraged.
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. Their statistics show that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide, and for every suicide, there are 25 attempts. Survivor Day was created by an act of Congress in 1999 and since then has been sponsored and supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year, there were more than 380 locally organized events throughout the U.S. and around the world.
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