Support Groups and Online Communities for Sharing
For many people bereaved by suicide, sharing their suicide loss with someone who understands, who has been there is an important step in the grief journey. The number of support groups in the United States and across the world continues to grow along with online communities.
To find a support group in your area, please see one of the links below:
American Association of Suicidology
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Online sharing communities
www.pos-ffos.com (Parents and Families of Suicides) or www.suicidgrief.com
To join POS (Parents of Suicides) or FFOS (Friends and Families of Suicides), the quickest way is to either email Karyl Chastain Beal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask for an application, or to go to http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/parentsofsuicides/ to sign up for POS
or to http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ffofsuicides/ to sign up for FFOS.
http://connect.legacy.com/group/suicidessurvivors (LegacyConnect’s Suicide Survivors Support Group)
http://www.taps.org/online.aspx (Tragedy Assistant Program for Survivors– not specific to suicide but as it is for anyone who has lost someone in the military, there are a large number of survivors of suicide loss who belong to this community)
If there is no support group in your local community and you’d like to start one, look here for further information on how to receive the training to make that happen:
Through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=FEE689DA-B0E4-4F70-8149A2D3862A27D8
or through HEARTBEAT: