Help & Resources
LIVING WITH DEPRESSION OR THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: “The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.”
American Association of Suicidology: To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it.
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors: “Provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.”
THE SUICIDE REBELLION is a nonprofit organization which aims to raise money to fund new, innovative research to treat those with severe depression and suicidal tendencies for whom current available therapies pose no relief. It is our hope that one day every individual can live a life free of depression and silent mental anguish.
We Are The Rebellion
take a stand against depression and suicide
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS:
The loss experienced as the result of a death by suicide is a very unique grieving process. It is estimated that each suicide leaves behind AT LEAST 6 survivors. Loved ones typically experience a myriad of cyclic emotions including, but not limited to
- self blame
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing these signs, reach out to the hotlines below for immediate help.
Survivors are also often at a higher risk themselves for suicide. If you are a survivor of suicide loss we encourage you to reach out for help so that you can better understand your loss and connect with others who have a shared experience. You will most likely find the events in the days/weeks/months leading up to your loss replaying over and over in your mind. Your mood may fluctuate quickly and without warning. You may find work or social activities unbearable and become noncommittal as a result. This is all normal and okay. Just remember to be kind to yourself; your grief is personal to you and it WILL take time to work through. Please consider using the resources we have provided to help you manage this unbearable loss. If you have thoughts of hurting yourself, please reach out to someone you trust and utilize the resources on this page.
For those supporting a friend or loved one who is grieving a suicide loss, it is important to be patient. You will not always understand why they act the way they do. They will most likely need to repeat themselves or tell their story many times. This is a vital part of the healing process with a suicide loss and it is important to let them talk it out. They are working through a very complex system of constantly fluctuating emotions. Let them know you are here to listen but also understand they may need time and space to process their grief. They will share if, and when, they are ready. Be open and comfortable talking about their loved one.
SOS Support Group- Pittsburgh, PA
The Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Group is a support group for bereaved family members and close friends of suicide victims. The group provides a safe place for survivors to deal with the painful questions and feelings that follow suicide. Members support one another while trying to understand the complex issues raised by this tragic death. Meetings take place on Wednesday from 5:30 pm –7:30 pm at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) for 8 consecutive weeks. Please call 412-864-3346 for group start dates. The SOS support group is a service of the STAR-Center, a nationally recognized center for the prevention and treatment of suicide.
Click here to find a support group in your area.
We also encourage individual therapy with counselors who specialize in grief or suicide. Oftentimes, utilizing more than one help resource can be beneficial to those coping with immense loss. Psychologytoday.com can provide a listing of therapists and their specialties in your area.