International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience. This year, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Saturday, November 18, 2023. Local sites have until October 1 to register. You can find a current list of registrations here. If you have questions please contact your local AFSP chapter or email [email protected].
Loss survivor stories
As volunteers with AFSP's San Diego chapter, the pandemic has meant we have had to adapt all of our in-person events to virtual ones. Of course, on all our minds has been the question of how we would adapt one of the most important events of the year: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
Winter can be a difficult time for bereaved families, particularly those who’ve lost someone to suicide.
November 17 is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day—a day when people who’ve lost a loved one to suicide come together at over 360 gatherings around the world.
I felt my own emotions and grief validated for the first time since that cold July day when my life had seemingly unraveled.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2019 is Saturday, November 23.
Suicide is still a taboo issue in the Iraqi society. Many in Iraq still feel shame in admitting that they lost a loved one to suicide, or that they’ve experienced difficulties in their own mental health, for fear of societal stigmatization.
In a way, losing someone when you’re a kid really isn’t that much different than being an adolescent or adult, I imagine: the whole world as you knew it has ended. It’s like everything you knew, planned, imagined, and depended upon has unalterably changed forever.
People who knew my dad tried hard to make sense of his death with statements and questions such as these. The truth is that we all ask, “Why?” after losing someone to suicide. In fact, it’s in our very nature as human beings to understand the world around us by asking who, what, where, when, and why.
My mother Helen is the reason why I fight to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. Helen was an amazing mentor and confidant to me. I felt I could tell her anything.
I went home that night, and for the first time in a very long time, felt I could breathe again.
We all have so much more power than we know; all we need to do to access it is to pick up a pen.
We hope you will join us, either at a local event or online, on November 23, 2019.
Loss survivor resources
Each year a documentary about suicide loss is included as part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Previous documentaries can be found here.
A listing of books from which we hope loss survivors will find helpful information and guidance as they navigate their healing journey.
The Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss Flyer provides a brief but clear roundup of the different types of support offered to suicide loss survivors by AFSP’s Loss & Healing team.