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This is not a suicide or crisis hotline. Please contact a counselor, family member, friend, or emergency services if you are having suicidal thoughts.

In the USA, call:
1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-273-TALK
1-800-784-2433 1-800-273-8255

For Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and People with Speech Disabilities who use a TTY, call 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

Links to Other International Resources

Visit www.samaritans.org or e-mail jo@samaritans.org or www.befrienders.org for international telephone numbers.

Why Should Anyone Attend a Support Group?
 

Suicide is not a single, quiet thing you do only to yourself. It is like pulling a pin on a hand grenade while you are surrounded by friends and family. ~ Paul Quinnett, Ph. D.

  1. Suicide is a different type of death: sometimes unexpected, sudden, violent, senseless, against some religious beliefs . . . and self-inflicted, so grieving a suicide death will also be different from other grief.
  2. Sometimes, it helps to speak with other people who have also lost someone to suicide, someone who may understand our feelings of guilt or self-blame, anger, disconnection, shame, shock, and even relief at times.
  3. The social stigma that goes with suicide grief may make it difficult to talk about some of the painful issues that confronted deceased person with other people. Those in the group understand this and will listen without passing judgement.
  4. Group meetings help people learn more about suicide so that they have a better understanding of what may have happened.
  5. Group meetings can help people find positive ways to cope with a terrible tragedy.
  6. Meeting others in a support group lets people know that they truly are not alone, that there are others who walk the same road.

Note: Karyl Chastain Beal facilitates the group meetings. She has a master's degree in education and has facilitated grief support groups since 1996.She has also taken several facilitator training courses. Her teenage daughter, Arlyn, died by suicide on August 7, 1996.

Reminder: Support group meetings do not replace therapy when someone needs professional help.

Resources

The GRief After Suicide Support (GRASS) group first met on Dec. 1, 2005 and has met continuously since then.

You may find these other resources helpful.


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