Using Samaritans Safe Place Support Groups As A Referral

Samaritans Safe Place support group meetings provide “suicide survivors,” those who have lost a loved one to suicide, with a safe and supportive environment to assist them in their grieving and healing process. Safe Place meetings are run as “peer support groups” where the people participating have the opportunity to focus on their own thoughts and feelings, whatever they may be, without any undo pressures or expectations, and to openly discuss how their loss has impacted their life.

Meetings are free of charge and take place on the first Wednesday and the third Tuesday of every month. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Only those individuals who have personally and directly experienced the loss are allowed to attend. It is suggested that those who have suffered a recent loss access professional help or clinical support before attending a Safe Place meeting.

Therapists, grief counselors, social workers, doctors, clergy and other lay and professional health providers often use Safe Place as a referral for clients and others in their care who have lost a loved one to suicide that would benefit from some form of structured group support to assist in their healing and recovery process.

In response to the health and safety issues presented by COVID-19, Samaritans will be hosting meetings on Zoom during the pandemic.

To register to attend a meeting, click here.

For additional meeting details to share with clients and those you care for, click here.

To download a Samaritans Safe Place Program Flier to share with your colleagues and agency staff, click here.

Please Note:
For immediately accessible, ongoing emotional support, survivors are welcome to call our 24-hour Crisis Hotline at any time to speak with one of our trained volunteers about their thoughts and feelings tied to their loss. The hotline number is (212) 673-3000. Please note that every individual who calls the hotline is assessed for suicide risk and is asked about their feelings, what is going on for them now, and whether they have thoughts of suicide (no matter how they identify themselves or their stated reason for calling). The hotline is often used as a complement to other forms of support, such as therapy or a support group.