According to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), over 30, 000 deaths occur in the U.S. each year as a result of suicide and over one million occur worldwide. It has also been suggested that due to the stigma often associated with suicide, that number could actually be much higher if unreported deaths related to suicide were included.
With so many people being effected, the AFSP has declared the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which for 2010 is November 20th, Survivors of Suicide Day. The organization’s website (www.afsp.org) provides a wide range of information intended to help people whose lives have been touched by suicide.
AFSP.org is coordinating over 275 simultaneous conferences for survivors of suicide loss that will take place throughout the U.S. and around the world on November 20th. This unique network of healing conferences is intended to help survivors connect with others who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss, and express and understand the powerful emotions they experience.
It is also possible to watch these gatherings on your home computer if you are unable to attend one in person or want to see examples from the previous years events. If you or someone you love could benefit from more information and support around this topic, check out their website and wide range of resources available throughout the year.