Suicide is a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers, and the entire community. In deciding to walk you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data about mortality in the United States, including deaths by suicide. In 2011 (the most recent year for which data are available), suicide deaths rose from 12.1 to 12.3 per 100,000 ,making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In the state of Maine, approximately 200 people die each year from suicide. This is a major health concern that needs our attention.
The death of a loved one by suicide presents special problems in grieving. There is often more shock, a greater sense of injustice, more guilt and blame, and a heightened sense of helplessness; and these all tend to complicate the healing process for survivors.
There is a safe place for survivors (family, friends and loved ones of those who have died by suicide) to meet, share and work to heal together. Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Meetings are held as follows.
First Thursday of every month
NMMC Medical Library
The support group is facilitated by Ethel Jalbert RN.
All sessions are FREE and open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.
To learn more about suicide prevention go to American Foundation for Suicide Loss
See our Events section for the annual Out of the Darkness Walk!