National Suicide Survivors Day

Today is National Suicide Survivors Day. If you know someone who has struggled with suicide or has lost a loved one to suicide, please show them your love today or this coming week.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a 90-minute webcast featuring a panel of mental health professionals and suicide survivors. Here's a bit of background:

What is National Survivors of Suicide Day?

National Survivors of Suicide Day was created by U.S. Senate resolution, 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.

AFSP's National Survivors of Suicide Day links simultaneous survivor conferences throughout the country and internationally — each local conference site is organized independently, but they're all connected through a 90-minute broadcast. This unique network of healing conferences helps survivors connect with others who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss, and express and understand the powerful emotions they experience.

When is National Survivors of Suicide Day?

It's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The 11th annual conference will be held on Nov. 21, 2009. The broadcast runs from 1-2:30 p.m. EST. Some conference sites also choose to add local programming before and/or after the broadcast.

4 thoughts on “National Suicide Survivors Day

  1. I was wondering if you were going to touch on this.

    I’m considering doing a post myself about a personal account regarding a good friend/ex boyfriend but I’m not sure if I should.

    1. You can if you like but if it’s too personal or difficult, it’s okay to leave it alone as well. The choice is up to you.

  2. Hi Kass,

    I can’t figure out how to contact you directly, but in light of this post, I thought I’d leave a comment here.

    I’m posting this on behalf of the team behind The Reasons to go on Living Project, based at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (ON, Canada). We are collecting the stories of people who have attempted or seriously contemplated suicide but now want to go on living. The project will study and share these anonymous stories for research, education and inspiration.

    The project homepage is: You can go there for more information, and to read select stories submitted by others. The stories are completely anonymous, and submissions are done online through the website.

    Now that I’ve told you a little about The Reasons to go on Living Project, I was wondering if you would be interested in helping out with the project by promoting the website. There are many ways you can do this, some of which are outlined here:

    If you are interested in helping out, the easiest and most effective way (in my opinion) is for you to blog about it. We would appreciate it very much if you would write an entry telling your readers about The Reasons to go on Living Project.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

    Thanks so much for you time.


    Tina Li
    Research Assistant
    Reasons to go on Living Project

  3. Depression is an illness that may come on slowly, especially in younger folks. Many are not even aware that it is happening to them. People who are older sometimes expect it, but the younger… they never see it coming.

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