Survivor Day helps suicide loss survivors on their healing journey
Survivor Day helps suicide loss survivors on their healing journey
Posted on 11/06/2017
Survivor Day helps suicide loss survivors onSurvivor Day their healing journey

If someone you know has died by suicide, you are not alone; but you may feel that way. Grieving the loss of a loved one by suicide can seem very isolating. It is common for those who remain to feel confused and traumatized. But death by suicide does not diminish the need for those who remain to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of their loved ones.

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care is honoured to host International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Saturday, November 18th at the Midland Public Library. One of hundreds of events being held across Canada and the United States, it is a day for those affected by suicide loss to gather to gain understanding and find comfort in the knowledge that they truly are not alone. 

The 2017 Survivor Day gathering will include a screening of “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope” and “The Journey: Revisited”, a new follow-up featurette to the original film, which checks in with several of the Journey participants to see where they are now, and how the last few years have changed them and their healing process.

“For many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide,” says Glenn Robitaille, Director of Ethics and Spiritual Care at Waypoint. “The event is meant to offer hope and learn from others experiences of how they’ve coped and moved toward healing.”

Following the screenings, Robitaille will lead the participants in a facilitated discussion focused on the contents of the film and finding hope and understanding after a suicide loss.

The event is free and everyone is welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Lalonde at or 705-549-3181, ext. 2215.

Events are being held in Midland, Barrie and Orillia

November 18, 2017
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. - All three locations
Midland Public Library
Assembly Room
320 King Street
Contact Kristi
705-549-3181, Ext. 2215


Barrie Public Library
Angus Room
60 Worsley Street
Contact Aleta

St. Paul's United Church
Community Centre
62 Peter Street North
Contact Bernadette

Click here or on the image above to download a copy of the Survivor Day poster.