International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (also known as Survivor Day) is an opportunity for people to come together, from all around the world, and share their experiences with suicide loss. The hope is that days like today encourage healing and understanding as well as provide hope for the future.

It is estimated that for every person who dies by suicide, 100 people grieve their loss. This means that there could be at least 5 million new loss survivors every year who experience the death of a person they cared about to suicide. Especially as a survivor includes family members, loved ones and anyone who has been close to someone who has died by suicide. poingniant time due to holidays.

As we come to the festive period, this can be an incredibly difficult time for survivors. It is important to remember you are not alone. If you or someone you know has lost someone to suicide, whether recently or many years ago, reach out. A great way to do this is by listening to stories from other survivors of suicide loss. Our very own Anne Boyle runs a group at the Wellbeing Hub that allows for you to do just that. Keeping On welcomes anyone who has, sadly, suffered a bereavement by suicide and feels that they would benefit from talking to others in a similar situation. The group has been running throughout 2020, meeting every Thursday from 1pm – 3pm. If you are interested in finding out more information or would like to join the group, contact Anne at keepingon@sunderlandmind.co.uk, 0191 565 7218 or 07984595542. Please bear in mind that places may be limited due to coronavirus restrictions.

If you or someone you love is struggling and in need of support, please remember, help is only a phone call away. You can contact @samaritanscharity any day or night on 116 123. Sunderland Initial Response Team are also available on 0303 123 1145.