Health and Family Services Cabinet
Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group Observes National Survivors of Suicide Day Nov. 19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2005) For the third year in a row, the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group (KSPG) is participating in National Survivors of Suicide Day.
The event, which will take place Nov. 19, will help link people who have dealt with the tragedy of suicide loss, giving them a network of support and resource tools.
This initiative was started several years ago, in conjunction with a national teleconference.
“Survivors of suicide experience a terrible trauma, which leaves a lingering sense of grief and loss,” said John Burt, commissioner of the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services (MH/MR). “Kentucky recognizes the tremendous need to raise awareness concerning suicide prevention. By building a strong network of suicide survivors and advocates – and helping them communicate with each other – we are strengthening our capacity to respond to the needs of those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Ultimately, we hope, this reduces the number of suicide attempts and deaths in the Commonwealth.”
National Survivors of Suicide Day was created by a U.S. Senate resolution, through the efforts of Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, who lost his father to suicide. Every year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) sponsors a nationwide event to provide an opportunity for the national survivor community to come together for support, healing, information and empowerment.
AFSP’s National Survivors of Suicide Day links simultaneous survivor conferences throughout the country. Each local conference site is organized independently, but are all connected through a live national broadcast by satellite and on the web. This unique network of healing conferences helps survivors connect with others who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss, and express and understand the powerful emotions they experience.
The event is sponsored by the KSPG, MH/MR, Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Nathan Alan Eisert Foundation.
For more information or to register for the suicide survivor day conference, visit mhmr.ky.gov/mhsas/files/sos2005Brochure_final.pdf