In her AFSP-funded study, Dr. Sally M. Weinstein at the University of Illinois at Chicago studied 69 youths ages 7-13 (average age 9) diagnosed with PBD, along with their families.
The topic had been heavy, but the message of hope and advocacy hung in the air even after the room had emptied.
Educating the firearms-owning community about suicide prevention, safe storage and removing access to lethal means, including a firearm, when someone is at risk, is a major part of our Project 2025.
I left that Survivor Day event a different person. I no longer felt alone, ashamed, or abandoned. I began volunteering with AFSP and now here it is, 2017 and I'm the one organizing a Survivor Day event.
On September 1, AFSP hosted a wreath laying ceremony to honor veterans and first responders lost to suicide at Arlington National Ceremony.
Free Events To Be Held Nationwide for Suicide Loss and Healing on November 18
I’m here. I’m breathing. I’m alive. This surprises me sometimes. Then I remember how lucky I am for this second chance.
The experience of suicide loss and bereavement is more prevalent among the US population than most realize.
What does a grieving child or teen look like?
It became evident that our little – but important – event was going to be something special.
Suicide is preventable, treatable, and swept under the rug in America. I will not allow my friend Owen to be swept under the rug.
Greater awareness, help, and support now await those in grief from organizations such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.