Help for Survivors

You are not alone. One in 64 Americans is a suicide survivor. 20% of us will have a suicide within our immediate family. 60% of us will personally know someone who dies by suicide.

Myths and Facts About Grief

MYTH: The pain will go away faster if you ignore it.
FACT: Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run. For real healing, it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal with it.

MYTH: It’s important to be “be strong” in the face of loss.
FACT: Feeling sad, frightened or lonely is a normal reaction to loss. Crying doesn’t mean you are weak. You don’t need to protect your family or friends by putting on a brave front. Showing your true feelings can help them and you.

MYTH: If you don’t cry, it means you aren’t sorry about the loss.
FACT: Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one. Those who don’t cry may feel the pain just as deeply as others. They may simply have other ways of showing it.

MYTH: Grief should last about a year.
FACT: There is no right or wrong time frame for grieving. How long it takes can differ from person to person.

MYTH: Moving on with your life means you’re forgetting the one you lost.
FACT: Moving on means you’ve accepted your loved one’s death. That is not the same as forgetting. You can create a new life and still keep your loved one’s memory a part of you.

MYTH: Friends can help by not bringing up the subject.
FACT: People who are grieving usually want and need to talk about their loss. Bringing up the subject can make it easier to talk about.

Resources for Survivors

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area.

The Suicide Prevention Action Network

The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community action and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy. The organization was founded in 1996 by Gerald and Elsie Weyrauch of Marietta, Georgia, survivors of the suicide of their 34-year-old physician daughter, Terri. Their goal was to create a way for survivors of suicide – those who have lost someone to suicide – to transform their grief into positive action to prevent future tragedies.

Link’s National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare

Link’s National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare provides suicide-related community education in prevention, intervention, aftercare, and support.

Grief and Healing

Grief and Healing is dedicated to helping those affected directly by loss as well those wanting to support and comfort loved ones and friends who are grieving.

Out of the Darkness Community Walks

Out of the Dark Community Walks benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). You will be walking with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSP’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and assist survivors of suicide loss. AFSP funds research aimed at improving our understanding of suicide and ways to prevent it as well as educational activities to increase awareness about prevention, warning signs and the psychiatric illnesses that can lead to suicide.