The person who completes suicide dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and understand… Why?
A Memorial for Alexey Ilyushin Berardi
A site lovingly created by his parents, Letizia and Nicola – my fellow SPAN buddies from New York. Be sure to read “Thoughts, Pain & Anguish of a Grieving Mother”, a speech given by Letizia on Suicide Awareness.
A Memorial for Kerry Magann
A mothers memorial to her son, her visits to “Burning Man” in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada (“It’s a very healing experience that I write about on Kerry’s website).”
A Memorial for Lisa Elaine Mewbourne
A memorial site created by Faye Martin, mother of the 25-year-old daughter who, on April 23, 1991, took her own life.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP was founded in 1987 by concerned scientists, business and community leaders, and survivors of suicide in an effort to support the research and education needed to prevent suicide. This organization also offers educational programs and conferences for survivors, mental health professionals, physicians, and the public. This site contains a section dedicated to survivor support as well as a 1998 National Directory of Survivor Support Groups for families and friends of suicide.
American Association of Suicidology
AAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. This site is designed as a resource for anyone concerned about suicide, including AAS members, suicide researchers, therapists, prevention specialists, survivors of suicide, and people who are themselves in crisis. You will also find a National Directory of Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide on this site.
Auburn SOS – Federal Way, WA
A local, self-help support group for those who have been impacted by the death of a loved one from suicide. This is not a therapy group and the leaders are not counselors. We are here together to share common experiences and to receive support from one another. Our goal is to help deal with the trauma and grief caused by the suicide of a loved one.
Before You Say Good-bye
This site previews and offers ordering information for a documentary on suicide produced by Jennifer Stache (pronounced Stocky), a survivor and Executive Producer of WTLW-TV in Lima, Ohio. In her excellent thirty minute video, Jennifer presents a gentle, yet clear, message of hope for those who are contemplating suicide – and for survivors whose lives have been impacted by the suicide of a loved one. This film lovingly communicates that, with God’s help and the support of others, we can all choose to survive. MUST SEE !!
This site is an excellent source for support on issues related to grief, bereavement, and death. You will also find information about about subscribing to the magazine and an on-line selection of cards, books, and booklets.
Center For Loss
Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., has written a series on “Helping Yourself Heal”, including “Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal”. This series can be found on the web site.
A new supportive community, launched on 29 April 2003, for those who have suffered the tragic and indescribably painful loss of a child to suicide. Whilst nothing that anyone says can bring your child back to you, knowing that you are not alone and being able to share your innermost thoughts and feelings without being judged, can be enormously beneficial in the lifelong grieving process.
Crisis, Grief & Healing
This site is a place you can browse to understand and honor the many different paths to heal the powerful emotions related to loss. The creator is Tom Golden, L.C.S.W. author of Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing and A Man You Know is Grieving – excellent resources to help both men and women deal with the masculine side of loss.
In Memory of Keith
Carol Loehr, a survivor of her son Keith’s suicide, has put together a folder for “The Heart of Florida Chapter of the Compassionate Friends” Longwood, Florida. This folder is given to parents whose child died by suicide. After she finished the project, Carol wanted to make the folder available to other parents who suffered a death of a child by suicide. If you would like a copy of the folder, send her your address by e-mail, and she will send you the folder. In the “subject” area of the e-mail please put “Folder in Memory of Keith”. Carol’s e-mail address is Carol Loehr
Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide
“We invite you to meet and hear from some courageous, beautiful people who have allowed us into their deepest moments of despair, grief, pain and finally hope as they cope with the aftermath of suicide. Our hope is that if you are a suicide survivor reading this web site, you will find helpful information and comfort in knowing that others have walked a similar journey. We encourage you to check out ‘If You Are a Survivor’ on this site.”
Heartbeat – Grief Support Following Suicide
Support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. When someone we love has died we look to our physician, law enforcement or other authority for an explanation, a justifiable reason, a definable cause so we can accept and reconcile to the death. When someone we love has deliberately ended their life there is no physician to explain the progress of a life-terminating illness. There is no patrolman to trace the path of a head-on collision. There is no assailant upon which to heap the blame and vent our rage. But there has to be a reason! A cause! Some justification or explanation for this death and our loss! We are convinced if we only knew why? this unfathomable decision was reached, we would have an easier acceptance of the death and our loss. And so, begins our search for answers.
Helping A Survivor Heal
The purpose of the Survivors Of Suicide web site is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way. Unfortunately, many survivors of suicide suffer alone and in silence. The silence that surrounds them often complicates the healing that comes from being encouraged to mourn.
A site that offers services after loss to suicide and other tragic loss.
Journey Through Suicide Grief
Journey Through Suicide Grief is an online suicide support group made up of people who have lost loved ones to suicide. They offer a caring support group, emotional support, chat (scheduled and as needed), helpful information and resources, a safe and healing environment, and the knowledge that you are not alone.
Journey Of Hearts
A Unique Medical/Healthcare Web Resource – Journey of Hearts is a unique web experience. This site combines elements of medicine, psychiatry, poetry, prose and images to provide resources and support to those who have experienced loss, be it acute or long- standing. By bringing together these different disciplines and combining various aspects with images and color we have developed a new style of website, one that can be “experienced” as much as accessed for medical information.
National Mental Health Association.
The National Mental Health Association, through its national office and more than 330 affiliates nationwide, is dedicated to improving the mental health of all individuals and achieving victory over mental illnesses.
Parents Of Suicide
A Memorial to our Precious Sons and Daughters
Prevent Suicide Now
Kevin Caruso has been working with suicidal people for over 30 years. On this website he shares his experiences and knowledge and provides information and esources. His statement, “Nothing could be more important than preventing suicides”, is reflected throughout this website.
Road 2 Healing
A survivor support site founded by a survivor mom who facilitates a Bedford, Texas support group by the same name.
S.O.L.A.S. ( Surviving Our Loss After Suicide)
Based in Kalispell, MT, their goals are to offer support and an empathetic community for those affected by suicide; To provide a network of concerned persons available for the newly bereaved; To provide an opportunity for education regarding suicide and suicide grief reactions; To support each other toward healthy resolution of the grief.
The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) is a grass-roots, non profit organization dedicated to the creation of an effective national suicide prevention strategy. SPAN links the energy of those bereaved by suicide with the expertise of leaders in science, business, government and public service to achieve the goal of significantly reducing the national rate of suicide by the year 2010.
Suicide @ Rochford.Org
A site with detailed, accurate and reliable information about suicide and suicide prevention.
SA\VE – Suicide Awareness \ Voices of Education
The mission of SA\VE is to educate about suicide and to speak for suicide survivors.
Suicide Information & Education Center
SIEC is the largest English language suicide information resource center and library in the world. SIEC has extensive information on suicide prevention, postvention, and intervention efforts and trends. A library and resource center for suicide information & education. Also available on this site is caregiver training with information for suicide prevention training programs.
Survivors Of Suicide
The Survivors of Suicide web site is an independently owned and operated web site and is in no way associated with any specific group, organization or religious affiliation. The purpose of the Survivors Of Suicide web site is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way.
Survivors of Suicide – San Diego County, California
Survivors of Suicide, Inc., is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, self-help support group for those who have lost a relative or friend through suicide. The Survivors of Suicide volunteers are dedicated to providing information and support to assist in the grieving and healing process. Survivors of Suicide holds monthly support group meetings in the San Diego area. Survivors of Suicide also publishes a quarterly newsletter and supports this web site.
An excellent collection of prevention related material adopted by the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on November 14, 1999.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
SPRC is a national resource center that provides technical assistance, training, and information in order to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
State Plans For Suicide Prevention- Davis Hayden, Ph.D. (Western Washington University) provides readily available current information on state suicide prevention plans.
Suicide Prevention Services of the Fox Valley
Located in Batavia, Illionois (in the Fox Valley area). Dedicated to the mission of reducing and eliminating suicide and suicide attempts through education, advocacy, and collaboration.
The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization which offers friendship and understanding to families who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. From first hand experience, they learned that the death of their child has caused a pain that can best be understood fully by another bereaved parent. Knowing that all need love and support, they reach out, as their own grief subsides, to those who still feel alone and abandoned.
The Grief Recovery Institute
The Institute is an international authority that provides programs for The Compassionate Friends, The National SIDS Foundation, and many others. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. Therefore, the feelings are also normal and natural. The problem is that we have all been socialized to believe that somehow these normal and natural feelings are abnormal and unnatural. While grief is normal and natural, and clearly the most powerful of all emotional experiences, it is also the most neglected and misunderstood experience a person can go through.
The Jason Foundation
The Jason Foundation, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in teen suicide awareness and prevention. They make a wide range of informative, educational materials and programs available, at no charge, to parents, teachers, youth workers and others who are concerned about the alarming statistics that link our country’s next generations and suicide.
Web site for “The Link Counseling Center” in Atlanta, GA. Executive Director, Iris Bolton.
The Suicide Paradigm
This web site shares thoughts on a new view of suicide and related issues.
The Light For Life International
The Light For Life International is dedicated to saving lives through the use of the Yellow Ribbon Program to eliminate youth suicide. This very informative site was lovingly founded by survivor parents in memory of their son, Mike Emme.
Youth Suicide Prevention Programs Resource Guide – CDC
This resource guide describes the rationale and evidence for the effectiveness of various youth suicide prevention strategies and identifies model programs that incorporate these various strategies.
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
This web site is presented as an educational resource by the State of Washington Youth Suicide Prevention Program.
Youth Suicide Prevention Education Program
This multidimensional program presents a forum for young people: and an education and information center for parents, teachers, mental health professionals, legal advocates and clergy. The board consists of members dedicated to educating the public and diminishing the stigma and shame attached to suicide.