International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.
When someone is lost to suicide it impacts those who knew and loved them. For those people, the grief and trauma can be especially difficult to handle. This day is all about showing support and love to the survivors of suicide.
"Grief is completely individual and there is no time limit or tried and tested process for it. People who are bereaved can sometimes feel pressure from those around them to 'move on' but it is important to recognise that grieving takes time and is not a linear process. Time doesn't necessarily 'take away' the grief, but it can give us space to adapt around it, accept the loss and build new meaning."
If you require support, or know someone who does, please check out the links below. You are not alone.
Mind are a great source of advice and support for anyone experiencing mental health problems, as well as support for helping yourself and others through grief -
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) are a great source of support for people who have been bereaved by suicide - https://uksobs.org/
Cruse Bereavement Care also has some suggestions for further reading and support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide - https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/traumatic-bereavement/suicide