Thousands of survivors of suicide loss will gather together around the world on Saturday, Nov. 17, in recognition of the 14th annual International Survivors of Suicide Day.
Local survivors will gather in the Oliphant Auditorium at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus, 37-500 Cook St., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the opportunity to connect with others who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss, and express and understand the powerful emotions they experience.
The event will include a worldwide International Survivors of Suicide Day broadcast and break-out support groups for survivors. Mental health professionals, students, school personnel and anyone impacted by suicide is welcome to attend.
It is estimated that every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide. Every 41 seconds someone is left behind to make sense of it. Suicide is a major health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers and the entire community. More than 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year, with nearly one million people attempting suicide annually.
The holiday season can be particularly difficult for individuals and families who have lost a loved one to suicide. Too often survivors of suicide loss believe the death of their loved one is somehow shameful, or that they or their family are to blame. AFSP’s International Survivors of Suicide Day addresses the questions that so many survivors face: Why did this happen? How can I cope? Where can I find support?
RSVP for the Nov. 17 online for the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus event or call (760) 459-9959.
Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Visit the AFSP’s International Survivors of Suicide Day website to learn more.
For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.