National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, November 22, reminds us of the very personal toll that suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in this country, takes on those who have been touched by this significant public health problem.
With over 38,000 people losing their lives to suicide last year alone, it is estimated that a quarter of a million of our friends, family members, colleagues and neighbors became survivors of suicide loss, a group that includes almost 5 million Americans.
And yet, the stigma, the myths and misconceptions tied to suicide abound.
Celebrated around the world, this day reinforces the fact that anyone, ourselves included, can experience distress, trauma or depression, can feel overwhelmed or unable to cope, and require the help and support of others to get through their difficult times.
For over 25 years, Samaritans has had the privilege of working with and providing support–through our Safe Place and other survivor programs–to those who have been touched by suicide loss, which include people from every walk of life, age, race, culture, social, sexual and religious identity.
We have learned that we all walk a tightrope in our lives and everyone needs some sort of safety net to catch us when we fall.
Samaritans has developed an online tool to assist you in providing that help and support. The NYC Guide for Survivors of Suicide Loss serves as a community resource and primer in responding to this problem. To download the guide for free, click here.
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