I have taken great care in selecting sites and support groups that contain high quality information and support in a non-judgemental, non-biased environment. Any resource that does not allow freedom of speech or recommendation of other helpful resources will not be included. Survivors need to be able to express themselves freely and to be able to offer recommendations to other websites and groups that could assist them in the lifelong grieving process.
After a Suicide Attempt It is very important that family and friends know what to do and what to be alert for after someone they care about has had a suicide attempt. This site provides some helpful links and advice for families after someone they love has attempted suicide.
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors: The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, provides healing support for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. It was founded in 2008 by Ronnie Walker, a licensed clinical mental health counselor who lost her stepson to suicide in 1995.
Fierce Goodbye Folksinger Judy Collins hosts the documentary titled, Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide. Collins recently wrote a memoir, Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength (J.P. Tarcher, 2003), which chronicles her journey as a survivor after the 1992 death of her 33-year-old son by suicide, and looks at family issues involving her own suicide attempt as a teen.
Journey From Mourning to Joy: A support group for mothers experiencing the loss of a child. The death of our children at any age, from any circumstance is indeed one of the cruelest blows life has to offer. The journey through grief is long, dark, difficult and painful. But know that you will smile and find joy again; you will never forget your child, he or she will be in your heart and memories for as long as you live.
Living With Suicide This site is designed as a place where survivors can talk openly. Not to make suicide acceptable, but to be free of the stigma surrounding those who must cope. And mainly it is here to ensure that, if we so choose, we don't have to cope in silence.
Memory Tree of Lights The "Memory Tree of Lights" is a ministry which focuses on the Christmas holiday season and provides comfort, education, intervention and hope to people whose lives have been impacted by the loss of someone to suicide and who are overwhelmed by this loss during the Christmas season.
SAOCS (Surviving After Only Child Suicide) Our group is for parents who are suffering the suicide loss of an only child or all of their children. We recognise that a parent is the person who loved, cared for and supported their child or children. There are different names for parents. Therefore, parents may be natural (biological), adoptive, step-parents or legal guardians of the child lost to suicide. Together, sharing our experiences, we will walk the journey to healing, while offering hope and friendship.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide SOBS (Survivors Of Bereavement by Suicide) is a British self-help, voluntary organisation. Many of those helping have, themselves, been bereaved by suicide. They exist to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Survivors of SuicideThe purpose of the Survivors Of Suicide web site is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way. An excellent site.
The Bereavement Journey The Bereavement Journey is a place where anyone who has lost a loved one can find support. As you travel on your bereavement journey we are here to help you every step of the way. Our promise to you is that the pain diminishes and you will one day find pleasure in life, although nothing can compare to the happiness that you had when your loved one was still alive. You will always love and miss your loved one until you meet them again. Until that time comes, may you find the support you need here.
The Gift of Keith A supportive website created by Carol Loehr, who lost her son Keith to suicide in 1999. Touching words with which all suicide survivors can identify and links to helpful resources, in addition to Keith's memorial site.
The Most Difficult Journey Newsletter This magazine is sent internationally and is available to mental health professionals, survivors, support group facilitators, researchers and most anyone with an overall interest in suicide and suicide related issues. The magazine is dedicated to suicide prevention, awareness, education, grief and healing. It helps to rid the stigma of mental illness and suicide or suicide attempts and may open the door to help for those suffering with the pain of mental illness.
The Suicide Paradigm The paradigm concept is the idea that in any field there is a set of assumptions shared by those in the field. Paradigms only change through radical and sudden shifts. These occur when new discoveries, knowledge, or concepts arise which cannot be rejected or assimilated by the old paradigm. The new paradigm supercedes the old paradigm. The study of suicide involves a common paradigm. New findings are laying the groundwork for a new paradigm.