Survivor Day event helps suicide loss survivors on their journey
Survivor Day event helps suicide loss survivors on their journey
Posted on 11/08/2019
International Survivors of Suicide Loss DaySurvivor Day helps suicide loss survivors on their healing journey

If someone you know has died by suicide, you are not alone; but it may feel that way. Grieving a loss by suicide can be isolating, and it’s common for survivors to feel confused and traumatized. But death by suicide does not diminish the need to 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 23rd at the Midland Public Library. 

One of hundreds of events being held around the world giving those affected by suicide loss an opportunity to gather, gain understanding and find comfort in the knowledge that they are truly not alone.

All Survivor Day gatherings include a screening of Pathways to Healing: Hope after Suicide Loss; a documentary produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The film follows the family and friends of Chris Taddeo, a young adult who died by suicide. Together they show the individual experiences a community of people can have after a shared loss. 

“For many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they knew and loved to suicide,” says Glenn Robitaille, Director of Ethics and Spiritual Care at Waypoint. “The event is meant to offer hope and learn how others have coped with loss and are moving forward in personal healing.”

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

The event is free and everyone is welcome. Visit https://midlandpenetang.snapd.com/events/view/1283919 to register.

Events are also being held in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, and Huntsville on November 23, 2019. Events at all locations will run from 12:30 to 3 p.m.


Midland

Midland Public Library
Assembly Room
320 King St.
Contact: Kristi
705-549-3181, ext. 2215 
    Barrie

Canadian Mental
Health Association
RSVP Room
15 Bradford St.
Contact: Barb
705-726-3294 
    Orillia

St. Andrew's
Presbyterian Church
Parlour Room
99 Peter St. North
Contact: Bernadette
70-326-9941 
    Innisfil

Innisfil Library
(Lakeshore Branch)
Community Room
967 Innisfil Beach Rd.
Contact: Aleta
705-726-5033, ext. 585 
    Hunstville

The Hub
1 Crescent Rd.
Contact: Joanna
705-788-0354