Celebrated each November, International Survivors of Suicide Day helps you recognize the loved one you lost while embracing your life for the future. You can heal from the trauma of suicide by joining together with others suffering the same type of loss. Through these events and the annual recognition of the day, you memorialize the life that meant so much to you.
What is International Survivors of Suicide Day?
International Survivors of Suicide Day started in 1999. Senator Harry Reid of the United States wanted to join together with others for healing and support after a suicide loss. Senator Reid introduced a resolution making the Saturday before Thanksgiving International Survivors of Suicide Day each year. In 2018, the day falls on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
For many people, dealing with suicide is life-changing. You do not just lose a loved one. You also must pick up the pieces in your life with that loss leaving a gap in what your life was before, versus what it is now. This mires many people in depression, trauma and other troubling effects of suicide loss.
By joining with others in recognizing lost loved ones, you open doors to your healing and support. At the same time, you help others heal. The holidays provide some of the hardest days of the year for missing loved ones. So the November pre-holiday date helps you start each holiday season with remembrance.
More than 800,000 people die from suicide in the world each year. This is why the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention works in organizing and support these survivor events. They facilitate events in more than 300 locations each year in the U.S. and other countries. You can attend live events near you or participate in other ways from your home or in your community.
Dealing with Tragic Loss on International Survivors of Suicide Day
Suicide is a tragedy, no matter the circumstances. In dealing with loss, you must take care of yourself. Without focusing on your own needs, you cannot honor the people you lost. Sometimes your needs require outside help and support, such as treatment for trauma, depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.
To heal after suicide, whether you experienced loss recently or decades ago, turn to your local Huntington Beach grief counseling center. Seek depression treatment, trauma therapy or other services designed to help you heal and rebuild your life.
Where to Find Huntington Beach Resources after Suicide Loss
After suicide loss, you gain the help and healing you need through education programs, support services, and therapies. Many people need psychiatric care due to their loss. Programs and services helpful to you at this time and well after include:
- Outpatient mental and behavioral health services
- Traditional psychiatric care
- Psychiatric evaluation and consultation
- Medication Assisted Treatment
- Medication Therapy Management
- Grief counseling
This International Survivors of Suicide Day, seek help if you are having any problems. Contact Huntington Beach Psychiatry at 866-334-6286. By taking care of yourself, you honor the person you lost.