Today, August 30, 2022 is Grief Awareness Day. If you’ve lost someone to suicide, you are not alone and healing resources are available. Below is an excerpt from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s ‘Surviving a Suicide Loss: Resource and Healing Guide.’ HIPRC joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health and any resources available to help.
“If you have lost someone to suicide, the first thing you should know is that you are not alone. Each year, nearly 48,000 people in the United States die by suicide — the grieving family and friends they leave behind are known as suicide loss survivors. In fact, research shows that during the course of our lives, many of us will lose someone we care about to suicide. That means there are millions of suicide loss survivors who, like you, are trying to cope with this heartbreaking loss.
Suicide loss survivors often experience a wide range of grief reactions, including some or all of the following:
These feelings usually change in intensity over time, and may diminish as you develop your ability to cope and begin to heal.”
For more information on surviving suicide loss, visit our Suicide Prevention webpage: https://hiprc.org/suicide-prevention-month/
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