Nov. 23, 2019
1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Barrington Area Library
505 N Northwest Hwy
Barrington, Illinois 60010
The Survivor Day event will be hosted in The Zimmerman Room, which is located on the mezzanine level. It is accessible by elevator, but there are no wheelchair accessible emergency exits.Register today
In the interest of creating a safe space for loss survivors, most events are specific to survivors of suicide loss. In addition, many events cannot accommodate children and teens. If you have any questions, please contact the event host directly.
Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events around the world, in which suicide loss survivors come together to find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experience. While each event is unique and offers various programming, all feature an AFSP-produced documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience and connection.
In addition to this year’s documentary, we are excited to feature a panel of suicide loss survivors. Every person is different, every journey is different, and every relationship is different. This is why no two people grieve their loss the same way. Survivor Day not only honors those who have been touched by suicide, but allows suicide loss survivors to spend an afternoon surrounded by people who truly understand their complicated journey.
To read more about Erika and Jessica, this year’s organizers, see below:
Erika Barber became involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) after losing her sister Andrea to suicide in 1983. With the subsequent loss of her father to suicide in 2015, Erika has continued her involvement in the suicide awareness movement and remains dedicated to facilitating suicide loss survivor supports. She currently serves as a member of the Illinois Chapter Board of Directors, the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk Committee and the national Loss and Healing Council. She is the author of Letters from a Friend: a Sibling’s Guide for Coping and Grief and a personal AFSP fundraising children’s workbook, Conversations of Courage: a caregiver-guided activity journal for the child of suicide loss.
Erika is a certified Child Life Specialist and holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University.
Letters from a Friend: a Sibling’s Guide for Coping and Grief is available at: https://www.routledge.com/
Conversations of Courage: a caregiver-guided activity journal for the child of suicide loss is available at: https://afsp.donordrive.com/campaign/ConversationsofCourage
All proceeds of this guide benefit the Illinois Chapter of AFSP.
Jessica L. Hutchison, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the Chicagoland area who specializes in grief therapy. Her desire to assist those who are grieving and dedication to educating current and future clinicians on the topic of complicated grief was heightened after losing her father to suicide in 2011. She vividly remembers the struggle to find a therapist who understood the complicated journey that followed her father’s suicide. She wanted to do all she could to ensure that no other suicide loss survivor felt as alone as she did after her own loss.
In addition to her clinical work, Jessica co-founded www.oursideofsuicide.com, a site dedicated to offering hope, comfort and support to survivors of suicide. She also speaks publicly to groups and the media about her personal experience with loss.
You can read more about Jessica on her personal website, http://www.JLHutchison.com