Each year over 40,000 people die by suicide in the U.S., and over 1 million die worldwide. Kenosha County has lost over 300 people to suicide since 2000 and every one of the deaths is survived by loved ones and friends. A survivor is defined as a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide. For some survivors, this support group will be the first time they will share the grief, reach out for support and support others. The important thing for survivors to know is they are not alone.
The Survivors of Suicide Support group will take place on Tuesdays from 6-8pm at Piasecki Althaus Family Services Center located at 2002 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI. The groups are facilitated by a certified grief and loss coach, Charlie Hansen. The meeting dates are as follows:
- February 3rd & 17th
- March 3rd & 17th
- April 7th & 21st
- May 5th & 19th
Here are some topics will be covered:
- Why did this happen? Why didn’t I know?
- Sorting out all those feelings of guilt, anger, being ashamed- how to cope.
- How to remember your loved one by how they lived, not only how they died.
- Healing your hurt by sharing your story with others.
- Everyone’s grief is not the same, nor does healing happen at the same time.
- Overcoming the stigma of suicide. What to say to friends, family and co-workers.
For more information or to register, please call Debbie Rueber at the Kenosha County Division of Health at (262) 605-6722 or (800) 472-8008 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.