Showing Support for Survivors of Suicide

Tomorrow, November 19th, National Survivors of Suicide Day will be observed in the United States.  These days of mental health observance create a societal shift from mental illness and suicide stigma towards a platform of awareness about the incidence of mental illness and ways to aid its prevention.  However, as important as it is to focus attention on educating the masses on how to “Know the Signs,” or to understand the importance behind the tagline “Pain Isn’t Always Obvious,” it is also essential for us to show our support for the friends and family of people who have attempted or completed suicide.

Let’s spread the word about resources and events in the Bay Area that are ready to support you or someone you may know on National Survivors of Suicide Day. Remember, however you choose to participate on November 19th, the strength of love and comfort is found in communal unity.

 

Local Events:

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)– Greater San Francisco organized gathering all over Northern California to offer support and practice healing as a community. Additionally, the AFSP documentary, Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss, will be shown and additional programming is specific to each event and may include presentations by loss survivors and mental health professionals, as well as small group discussions that bring together people who have experienced similar losses.

All events will be held on November 19th, 2016.

Time: 8:30 – 11:30am

Eureka, CA:

St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Center 1
2700 Dolbeer Street
Eureka, California  95501

Time: 9am – 11:30am

Fremont, CA:

Ohlone College, Building 7
43600 Mission Boulevard
Fremont, California  94587

Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Livermore, CA:

Hope Hospice, Inc., Suite 100
6377 Clark Avenue
Dublin, California  94568

Time: 9am – 12pm

Palo Alto, CA:

CHC
650 Clark Way
Palo Alto, California  94304

Time: 10am – 2pm

Seaside, CA:

Veterans Administration Monterey Outpatient Clinic
3401 Engineer Lane
Seaside, California  93955

Time: 9am – 12pm

San Francisco, CA:

UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
401 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, California  94143

Time: 11am – 3pm

Santa Rosa, CA:

Sonoma County YMCA

1111 College Ave
nue

Santa Rosa, California  95124

Time: 9am – 12pm:

Walnut Creek, CA:

John Muir Health
TBD
Walnut Creek, California  94596

Resources:

  • Helping others or yourself recover from losing a loved one as they grieve can be a difficult process – especially if unsure of what to say or do. Friends For Survival, Inc. offers an amazing way to remember the keys to help the healing process, called the Six T’s: Time, Tears, Talk, Touch, Trust, and Toil.
  • To find local grief support groups, please visit the American Association of Suicidiology to search for opportunities for self-help or supporting others. Additionally, if you know a child or teen who is grieving, please visit Children’s Grief Awareness Day, which is on November 17th, to learn how to their grief-recovery.

 

Article by Chenece Blackshear, Intern with the Office of Diversity and Equity