Shared experiences bring people together. Whether it’s an illness, a natural disaster, or something as benign as a concert, when people experience the same event and can share their stories of how they were affected, everyone in that conversation benefits from the discussion. Survivors of suicide loss have a shared experience like no others. They’ve lost family, friends, classmates, or colleagues to the silent epidemic of suicide that claims so many lives every year. This year, on November 20, survivor events are planned across the country so that people can come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experiences.
If you haven’t experienced suicide loss, learn the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicidal ideation. If your child or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.