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National Survivors of Suicide Day

November 20, 2010:

Today is the 12th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives the following description:

What is National Survivors of Suicide Day?

National Survivors of Suicide Day is a day of healing for those who have lost someone to suicide. It was created by U.S. Senate resolution in 1999 through the efforts of Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, who lost his father to suicide. Every year, AFSP sponsors an event to provide an opportunity for the survivor community to come together for support, healing, information and empowerment.

When is National Survivors of Suicide Day?

It’s always the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year it is November 20, 2010.

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty

Survivor of suicide, Marie Osmond, sat down with Oprah a few days ago to discuss the loss of her son to suicide earlier this year. I did not see the episode but heard about it on this Facebook page that I follow: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline `1-800-273-TALK’.

The Oprah site featured an article summarizing the interview. It includes video clips as well as text. The video clips are not embeddable but you can see the full article here:

Since writing this post, About Suicide Prevention, I have heard from an astonishing number of my online friends who have personally been impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Suicide is still a stigmatized topic in our society and that has to change. Today, please hold in your thoughts those who are remembering the loved ones and friends they have lost to suicide.

For information about suicide prevention, see National Suicide Prevention Lifeline `1-800-273-TALK’ and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

See THIS PAGE for info on today’s National Survivors of Suicide Day.

Facebook pages for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

Facebook page: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline `1-800-273-TALK’

Facebook page: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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1 EndochickNo Gravatar { 11.20.10 at 5:43 pm }


As we have discussed, and as I discussed on my blog, I have felt the sting of losing someone to suicide. There are many unanswered questions when a suicide occurs. And the family never fully heals. There needs to be more suicide awareness, but the stigma surrounding the act (and the depression preceding it) prevent many from seeking help or offering help. Mental illness is prevalent in our society and having one should not be seen as a sign of weakness. If depression and suicide could be openly discussed (and not in medical journals and television ads), more action can be taken to reduce the suicide rates.
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2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.21.10 at 12:36 am }


I am so sorry for your loss. I know how traumatic it has been for you to lose someone to suicide. There definitely needs to be much more awareness and understanding of suicide. I agree that stigma is a big barrier to making this happen as quickly as we would like. As you alluded to, mental health issues (including depression) are often linked to suicide.

As mentioned in this report of the most recent available statistics on suicide in the United States from the American Association of Suicidology), “Mental health diagnoses are generally associated with a higher rate of suicide. Psychological autopsy studies reflect that more than 90% of completed suicides had one or more mental disorders”. This statistic was discussed in the safeTALK (suicide alertness) class that I mentioned in this post: About Suicide Prevention.

I agree that if depression, other mental health diagnoses, and suicide could be openly discussed in our society… suicide rates could absolutely be reduced. In fact, in the blog comments section of this post, About Suicide Prevention, Jenny mentioned that aggressive awareness campaigns there are believed to have made a difference in the reduction of suicide rates. (The suicide rates were apparently of epidemic proportions in Quebec).

The awareness campaigns have apparently made a big difference there. I have no doubt that implementing similar campaigns could help save lives elsewhere.

My thoughts are with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.


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