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
If you are interested in receiving a copy of the New Survivor Booklet or the Crisis Center Survivors of Suicide brochure, please contact the Crisis Center at 352-264-6789.
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
If you are interested in receiving a
copy of "Seeking Counseling After the Suicide of a Loved One", please contact the Crisis Center at 352-264-6789.
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.”
Check this section for information about upcoming events which may be of interest to survivors.