Resources for Suicide Loss and Prevention

                                                                                “Death and Transfiguration” by Arlene Baylen Brandeis

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors the annual International Suicide Survivors Day in November, with events around the world. They also organize annual Out of the Darkness walks and can help you find a suicide loss survivors support group

The American Association of Suicidology offers resources for people facing suicide loss, including an annual “Healing After Suicide” conference.

Some survivors of suicide loss are tempted to end their own lives. If you are feeling suicidal, help is available. The Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Books can help. Gayle found these memoirs that explore suicide loss particularly moving:

  • The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order by Joan Wickersham
  • The Guardians by Sarah Manguso
  • History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky
  • Swing Low by Miriam Toews (as well as her novel, All My Puny Sorrows)
  • Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and The Reenactments by Nick Flynn
  • Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton and Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide, by Linda Gray Sexton

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers an extensive list of books for suicide loss survivors that includes self-help books and books for young people.

You are not alone.