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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 21, 2020.

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, who lost his father to suicide, introduced a resolution to the United States Senate, leading to the creation of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Also known as Survivor Day, the day was designated by the United States Congress as a day on which those affected by suicide can join together for healing and support. It was determined that Survivor Day would always fall on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving, as the holidays are often a difficult time for suicide loss survivors.

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events around the world. In 2019, 417 total events took place, including 49 international sites in 26 countries.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day events are happening across the country and the world

Whether in person or online, we hope you'll join us for this special opportunity to join together for healing and support.

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Healing Conversations

Healing Conversations gives survivors of suicide loss the opportunity to speak with volunteers, who are themselves loss survivors.

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Loss survivor stories

Loss survivor resources

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day documentaries

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.

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Children, Teens and Suicide Loss

View the booklet Children, Teens and Suicide Loss

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Books for loss survivors

A listing of books from which we hope loss survivors will find helpful information and guidance as they navigate their healing journey.

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Julie Cerel, Ph.D. - In This Together (Video)

Julie Cerel, Ph.D. - In This Together (Video)

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How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor

How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor

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Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss Flyer

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.

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Connection makes a difference

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