On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance is hosting an event for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. The event will be held from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Bend.
The event, which falls on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, will include a screening of a documentary produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that offers a message of growth, resilience and connection. Following the documentary, there will be a panel of guest speakers and facilitated small group discussions. Light refreshments will be provided.
Also known as Survivor Day, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day was designated in 1999 by Congress as a day on which those affected by suicide can join together for healing and support.
Survivor Day always falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, as the holidays are often a difficult time for suicide loss survivors. Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports Survivor Day events around the world in which suicide loss survivors come together to find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experience.
Registration is not required but is highly encouraged. Please use the following link to register: https://preventsuicideco.org/events/international-survivors-of-suicide-loss-day/
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Event
Saturday, Nov. 23, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St, Bend
For more information, please contact Whitney Schumacher, Deschutes County Health Services, at (541) 322-7420 or Cassidy Brewin, Deschutes County Health Services, at (541) 322-7534.