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With Suicide being the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S, a local agency will be conducting a specially-designed 12 week program for the family survivors of suicide. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has more.
The Family Survivors of Suicide Program is not only an outlet for those mourning a loss but also an opportunity to help others survive. Dewayne Long, executive director of the Southwest Missouri chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, say these classes are full of understanding people who are willing to inform and work through issues together.
“It’s an opportunity to give of yourself but also to learn some of the coping skills that others have learned in dealing with the issue of suicide,” said Long.
Long will be co-conducting this class with a family member who has experienced this loss. He says that grieving the loss of someone loved to suicide is always hard. But survivors need to talk, to cry, and sometimes scream in order to heal.
“It is not a warm fuzzy kind of subject to talk about so, just having that willingness to listen. Not to make any judgments, to have empathy not sympathy, unless you have gone through it yourself. Just to be there for them,” said Long.
In 2012, 42 people were lost to suicide in Greene County alone. With the holidays around the corner, it can be an especially hard time for people to deal with such a devastating loss. In this group, survivors can connect with other people who share the commonality of the experience.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.
Family Survivors of Suicide 12 Week Program
▪ When: Thursday, November 21, 2013
▪ Where NAMI Southwest Missouri Administrative Offices
330 North Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, Missouri (in the Chub O’Reilly Building between Chestnut Expressway and St. Louis Street, south of the railroad tracks.)
▪ Time: 5:30p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
▪ Sign In begins at 5:00 p.m.
▪ Cost: This NAMI SWMO program is provided at no fee.
▪ Please call the NAMI Southwest Missouri office at 417-864-7119 for more information.