SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE
Learn From Suicide Survivors
Who Is A Suicide Survivor?
The term “suicide survivor” – or “survivor of suicide” – is reserved for those left behind. It is used in the same sense that an obituary will say, “The deceased is survived by ….”
Survivor Support Services
Providing Support to Families and Friends Following a Loss to Suicide.
Black Hills Area Survivors of Suicide Support Group
A monthly support group for those who have lost a family member, friend, or colleague to suicide. The group is facilitated by peer members of the L.O.S.S. Team, providing support on an ongoing basis. Survivors can attend the group whenever they need the support. Meetings are held every 4th Saturday of every month from 10am – 12pm at the First Congregational UCC Church at 1200 Clark Street in Rapid City. No RSVP is required to attend.
Recovering From Suicide Grief Support Group
An eight-week support group for those who have lost a family member, friend, or colleague to suicide. The group is facilitated by peer members of the L.O.S.S. Team and provides education, support, and other resources specific to suicide grief and loss. This is not an open, ongoing group and is scheduled based on need, so please call to RSVP to attend this group.
Survivors of Suicide Day
Survivors of Suicide Day is a special day for those who have lost someone to suicide to come together to find hope and healing after a loss to suicide. Survivors gain strength from others through their grieving journey and through support. The local program is held annually at First Congregational UCC Church at 1200 Clark Street in Rapid City on National Survivors of Suicide Day on the third Saturday in November.
If you or someone you know has lost someone to suicide and needs help and support, please call (605) 348-6692.
How To Help Suicide Survivors
If you have lost someone to suicide and are looking for additional resources, please see the websites for the organizations listed below. An additional resource that friends, colleagues, and extended family find helpful when helping other family and close friends who have just lost a loved one to suicide is the following:
“Suggestions for Helpful Things to Say and Do for Survivors.”
For more Information on Understanding an Helping the Suicidal Individual from the
American Association of Suicidology