Survivors of Suicide

Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden Video
Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden Video
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Survivors of Suicide
Survivors of Suicide

It is estimated that more than 50,000 deaths by suicide occur in the United States each year.  Each suicide death leaves multiple survivors, individuals who have experienced the death by suicide of a family member or a friend.  Survivors must deal not only with their grief but also with a myriad of other overwhelming feelings, such as confusion, guilt, anger, shame, and hurt.  The survivor's ability to cope may also be confounded by the responses of friends, family members and others in the community - well-meaning people who may say hurtful things or place unrealistic expectations upon survivors, or who even may deny the event in its entirety.  As a result, survivors are typically overwhelmed and frequently feel very much alone.

To the Survivor:  This is the hardest thing you'll ever have to do.  Though you may not think so now, you can survive.  Know that you are not alone.  We provide a variety of services for survivors of suicide, including counseling, a survivor's support group, and a newsletter.  We would like to help.

New Survivor Booklet - 2nd Edition
Crisis Center Survivors of Suicide brochure

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Counseling
Counseling

Counseling is available - at no cost - for all survivors of suicide.  Survivors can be seen individually, as couples, or as entire families.  And counseling is available for children.  For further information or to schedule an appointment, call 264-6792.

Seeking Counseling After the Suicide of a Loved One​

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Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Survivors of Suicide Support Group

Many survivors find it helpful to talk with others who have also experienced the suicide death of a loved one.  The Survivors of Suicide Support Group provides survivors with the comfort and support that comes from connection with other survivors.  All persons who have been touched by suicide are invited to attend support group meetings as little or as often as they wish.  The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  If you are interested in joining the group or for further information, please call Ariel Drescher, Case Management Coordinator, at 352-264-6761.”

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News
News

Check this section for information about upcoming events which may be of interest to survivors. 

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Newsletter
Newsletter

Welcome to Solace, the newsletter of the Survivors of Suicide support group sponsored by the Alachua County Crisis Center. 

"Solace" is defined as "comfort or consolation in times of distress." 
Solace was a bi-monthly newsletter written to provide survivors with comfort, support and information.  Although the newsletter is no longer being written, back issues are archived and can be accessed through the links below.

Below is an archive of issues that are available for download. They are in PDF format. It is recommended that you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files. 
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Issues Archive
Issues Archive
Index
  • 7:3. June 2009
  • 7:2. April 2009
  • 7:1. January 2009
  • 6:6. December 2008
  • 6:5. October 2008
  • 6:4. August 2008
  • 6:3. June 2008
  • 6:2. April 2008
  • 6:1. February 2008
  • 5:6. December 2007
  • 5:5. October 2007
  • 5:4. August 2007
  • 5:3, June 2007
  • 5:2, April 2007
  • 5:1, February 2007
  • 4:6, December 2006
  • 4:5, October 2006
  • 4:4, August 2006
  • 4:3, June 2006
  • 4:2, April 2006
  • 4:1, February 2006
  • 3:6, December 2005
  • 3:5, October 2005
  • 3:4, August 2005
  • 3:3, June 2005
  • 3:2, April 2005
  • 3:1, February 2005
  • 2:6, December 2004
  • 2:5, October 2004
  • 2:4, August 2004
  • 2:3, June 2004
  • 2:2, April 2004
  • 2:1, February 2004
  • 1:4, December 2003
  • 1:3,October 2003
  • 1:2, August 2003
  • 1:1, June 2003​
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Contact

  • Crisis Center
  • John Henry Thomas, M.D. Center
  • 218 SE 24th Street
  • Gainesville, FL 32641
  • Phone: 352-264-6789
  • TDD/TTY: 352-955-2449

Numbers Available 24/7

  • Crisis Line
    352-264-6789

    National Suicide Hotline
    1-800-SUICIDE
    (1-800-784-2433)

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK
    (1-800-273-8255) 

    Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio
    1-888-628-9454

    Rumor Control
    352-264-6557
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Staff Contact Information

  • Alexandra Martinez, Ed.S., LMFT
  • Director
  • John Henry Thomas, M.D. Center
  • 218 SE 24th Street
  • Gainesville, FL 32641
  • Phone: 352-264-6792
  • Fax: 352-264-6703
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
  • Janet Greene, Ed.S., LMHC
  • Training Coordinator
  • John Henry Thomas, M.D. Center
  • Phone: 352-264-6782​
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
  • Kevin Sosa, Ed.S.
  • Project Coordinator
  • John Henry Thomas, M.D. Center
  • Phone: 352-264-6781
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
  • Ashley Bobroff
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • John Henry Thomas, M.D. Center
  • Phone: 352-264-6779
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
  • Melissa Justis, Ed.S.
  • Clinical Community Specialist
  • John Henry Thomas, M.D. Center
  • Phone: 352-264-6780
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
  • Ariel Drescher, Ed.S.
  • Case Manager
  • John Henry Thomas, M.D. Center
  • Phone: 352-264-6761
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
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