If you need help

If you are experiencing a crisis or just need to talk, please call the Alachua County Crisis Center at 352-264-6789
or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Survivors of Suicide

Alachua County Crisis Center SOS Support Group

This group is for anyone who has been affected by the suicide of someone they loved or simply knew. 

Loosing a loved one is among the harsh realities that we all may face one day or another. It is always painful, and sometimes unbearable. When a loved one is lost by suicide, a unique array of thoughts, feelings and emotions are added; the pain becomes harder to sooth, harder to process, sometimes impossible to accept and recover from. A suicide may leave the survivor hanging with questions that haunt the mind, the heart and the soul.
Why did he/she do it? 
Why couldn’t I prevent it? 
What is wrong with me for not seeing it coming? 
What went through his/her mind right before? Is it something I said or did?
When did it start? What did I miss?
Does that mean I am a bad mother/father, sister/brother, friend? 
What are other people thinking?
How could he/she do that to me/us? 

Many of these questions may gnaw at the Survivor and remain so difficult to answer. They mainly stem from self blame, which seems like the only way to explain the unfathomable. The Survivor lives often in a daily nightmare of life sapping doubts, of anger and shame which, by definition, become impossible to share with most.

The Survivor of Suicide Support group is meant as a non-judgmental space where all those feelings, thoughts and emotions are welcome, can be shared, and heard. No one more than another Survivor can understand what the suicide of a loved one can trigger in a person, and the chance to not be alone in this agony is essential to the healing process. Crisis Center counselors are there to help and coordinate. 
The Alachua County Crisis Center Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 7pm at the Crisis Center.  Please call Janet Greene for more information 352-264-6782.