If you have lost a loved one to suicide, here are some resources that can help.
AFSP has a number of resources for those affected by suicide loss.
Local Bereavement Groups: Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention national website to search for Support Groups in your area.
The following resources are available in the National Capital Area specifically for those who have been affected by a suicide loss. We do not run, recommend, endorse, or fund any of the groups listed. If you run a support group in the area and would like your listing included, please email us at:
Additional information for Support Group Facilitators, including how to list support groups on AFSP's Support Group search, can be found here.
District of Columbia
The Compassionate Friends - DC: For those who have experienced the loss of a child. Free to attend, no advance notice required.
The Wendt Center for Loss & Healing: Offers bereavement groups for adult, teen, adolescent, and child. Facilitated by a profession. Sliding scale fee or free under grants for those who qualify (many insurances accepted). This group is closed, meaning that new members may join only at specific times or under certain circumstances.
Northwest DC Office:
4201 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20008
Southeast DC Office:
2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Suite 234
Washington, DC 20020
The Compassionate Friends - Arlington: For those who have experienced the loss of a child. Free to attend, no advance notice required.
The Compassionate Friends - Fairfax: For those who have experienced the loss of a child. Free to attend, no advance notice required.
Haven of Northern Virginia/Suicide Loss Support: This is an open group facilitated by fellow loss survivors where members may join at any time.
Life After Loss Support Group: Facilitated by a fellow loss survivor. Oepn to those who have lost a family member, friend, or coworker to suicide.
Mary Washington Grief Support Programs: Peer facilitation with variable meeting times according to age group. Please call ahead to confirm meeting location.
Suicide Bereavement for Teens: An ongoing peer support group for young adults aged 14-18 who have lost a loved one, friend, or family member to suicide. This is an open group and new members may join at any time, facilitated by a fellow loss survivor.
2nd Tuesday of Each Month
8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Music Loft
20915 Ashburn Road
Ashburn, VA 20147
Suicide Loss Support Group Loudoun Co.: This is an open group facilitated by a fellow loss survivor where new members may join at any time.
3rd Wednesday of Each Month
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Leesburg Town Hall, Lower Level Conference Room
25 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
Katrina Cole, President
Surviving After Suicide: This is an open group facilitated by a fellow loss survivor where new members may join at any time.
2nd and 4th Thursdays of Each Month
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Contact for location details (Manassas, VA)
(703) 441-8606 ext 214
24-hour hotline: (703) 368-4141
Mental Health Referrals
Although AFSP does not endorse or recommend specific professionals or businesses, the following sources may help you identify local mental health professionals in the area.
- Ask your doctor for a recommendation
- Ask other loss survivors for a recommendation
- Contact your insurance company or behavioral health care organization for a list of mental health care providers covered by your plan
- Contact the Department of Psychiatry at a local university or hospital
Websites with Information for Mental Health Care
Contact the American Psychiatric Association (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 888-357-7924 (press 0 to speak with a customer service representative)
Local Community Mental Health Centers
District of Columbia
Montgomery County: (240) 777-1400
Prince George's County: 1-800-888-1965
Alexandria City: (703) 746-3400
Arlington County: (703) 228-4864
Fairfax County: (703) 481-4230
Loudoun County: (703) 777-0320
Leesburg: (703) 771-5100
Sterling: (571) 258-3026
Manassas: (703) 792-7800
Woodbridge: (703) 792-4900
Nationwide 24-Hour Crisis Line: If you, or someone you know, are ever in crisis, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (veterans press 1). Details for how to take advantage of this service in other languages or for those who are deaf/hard of hearing, visit the Lifeline website.