Resources for and about Survivors of Suicide Loss

Must-Know’s from Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide Loss
Marcia Epstein, LMSW and Bonnie Swade, MS Ed
Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference
July 21-23, 2015 in Kansas City#MWSP2015 Loss Survivors Presentation PowerPoint

Resources for Survivors of Suicide Loss
including periodic updates

AAS (American Association of Suicidology): Clinician Survivor Task Force

AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) I’ve Lost Someone

AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) “Surviving Suicide Loss: A Financial Guide”

Alliance of Hope: For Suicide Loss Survivors, A place of Healing and Remembrance
With much helpful info on the website, including book recommendations, plus an online forum

Children, Teens And Suicide Loss, from The Dougy Center and AFSP, 2017

The Compassionate Friends, for parents who have experienced the death of a child of any age, from any cause

The Dougy Center, for grieving children, including DVD’s and books specific to suicide loss

Fatherless by Suicide, a collaborative storytelling project by and for sons of fathers who died by suicide

For Wanda, 16-minute film about saying goodbye after suicide loss

Grief After Suicide Resources

Grief After Suicide Blog by Franklin Cook

Guide For Early Responders Supporting Survivors Bereaved by Suicide (Canada)

The Grief Toolbox
Much helpful information, although not solely for suicide loss

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Info about events each November, plus past years’ documentaries

Survivor Day

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines (2015)

National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide

Our Side of Suicide, blog by two survivors of suicide loss

Resource Packet for Survivors of Suicide Loss from New Hampshire’s Connect Program

The Samaritans of New York, Beyond Surviving

SASS Mo-Kan Suicide Awareness Survivor Support

Six Questions With Julie Cerel
Video interview about the real and LARGE number of people impacted by suicide loss

SPAN USA & SPRC “Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide For Funeral Directors”

SPRC “Suicide Postvention as Suicide Prevention” (4 page handout from November 2014)

The Mighty, Suicide Loss Survivors blogs

The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors
Edited by Melinda Moore and Daniel A. Roberts, Resource Publications, May 2017

What’s Your Grief? helpful information for those bereaved by any cause

Training For Facilitators of Suicide Loss Support Groups

AFSP 2-day Training Program for Facilitators

AFSP Drop-In Conference Calls for Facilitators

Friends for Survival, “Pathways to Purpose and Hope”

Lifeline Australia’s “Practice Handbook: Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitation,” 2009, which contains information designed to help facilitators work on practices recommended in “Towards Good Practice: Standards & Guidelines for Suicide Bereavement Support Groups” 2009.  Both are available for download at:

NAMI New Hampshire, Survivor Voices: Sharing the Story of Suicide Loss, 2 day training. Fees involved.

SPAN USA 2007, Basics: Facilitating a Suicide Survivors Support Group:

“How to Start a Survivors’ Group” by the World Health Organization, 2008

Training for Suicide Loss Survivor Outreach Teams

Survivor Outreach Team Training Manual.  For free PDF, contact:
Ellen Eggert, LAADC, GRS
Program Support Supervisor
Kern County Mental Health Department, Bakersfield, CA

Considerations for Sharing Your Story

 AAS (American Association of Suicidology): Telling Your Own Story: Special Considerations for Telling Your Own Story: Best Practices for Presentations by Suicide Loss and Suicide Attempt Survivors

Support for Clinicians Who Have Experienced Suicide Loss

Clinicians as Survivors After Suicide Loss

Training for Clinicians Working with Survivors of Suicide Loss

AAS/AFSP Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program. Fees

Media Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

Entertainment Industries Council Recommendations About Suicide Safety

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

National 24/7 Crisis Support Resources

Crisis Text Line, text “Start” to 741-741

NSPL 800-273-8255 (TALK)

Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860

The Trevor Project 866-488-7386

Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 Option 1