WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) was founded by survivors of suicide loss in Minneapolis in 1990, and people bereaved by suicide have always been a central part of the mission, goals, and history of SAVE, which now serves communities across the country. Though we cater mostly to caregivers who help people bereaved by suicide, our site also contains helpful information for anyone facing a suicide loss.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. While there exists a tremendous amount of research surrounding the act of suicide as well as its prevention, there is little research on those who are left behind by the suicide of a loved one.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
SAVE offers a number of programs and materials for survivors:
- A section on coping with suicide grief on the SAVE website -- http://www.save.org/coping
- A comprehensive booklet on suicide grief: "Suicide: Coping with the Loss of a Friend or Loved One" (listed on the suicide prevention Best Practices Registry)
- A wallet card for survivors of suicide loss: "After a Suicide: Coping with Your Grief"
- Suicide Survivors: A Guide For Those Left Behind, a book for survivors by Adina Wrobleski, one of SAVE's founders
- The Named Memorial Program, through which survivors can forever honor people who have died by suicide while providing ongoing support for SAVE's suicide prevention and bereavement programs
- Almost two dozen SAVE events annually, through which survivors play a key role in supporting SAVE's mission as they continue on their own healing journey
- Suicide Support Group Document- contains information about support groups in the United States that help people bereaved by suicide.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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