Resources - send us your suggestions and we'll add them!
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day the Saturday before Thanksgiving
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - If you're in crisis call 800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Clinic Resources
24-Hr Crisis Line - 866-4-CRISIS (866-427-4747)
WA Recovery Helpline - 866-789-1511 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
King County 2-1-1 Provides referrals, offers advice on how best to get help, they are experts on food, shelter, housing, rent, and utility assistance, legal assistance, financial assistance, governmental assistance programs, health care, employment, education and family support programs. Dial 2-1-1 or 800-621-4636
TEEN LINK - 866-833-6546 (evenings 6-10 pm)
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 and press 1
Dying to be Free by Beverly Cobain & Jean Larch - Beverly is a survivor of multiple suicides in her family including her cousin, Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana. Her account of her own thoughts of suicide is haunting and revealing.
I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye by Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair, PhD - This book is about bereavement and not just suicide loss. It has information about grieving after sudden and traumatic loss.
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
Silent Grief: Living in the wake of suicide by Christopher Lukas & Henry M. Seiden
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman
Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope by Albert Y. Hsu
Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth by Jim Rendon
Peer Support and Care Packages for the Recently Bereaved
Our volunteers are all suicide loss survivors who know first-hand how difficult it can be to find your way in the aftermath of a suicide, and who understand the full range of feelings that may follow (including loneliness, pain, grief, anger, sadness, relief, and guilt).
We offer: In-person visits, which are available in areas with participating AFSP chapters. Remote visits, which are available nationwide by phone, or online through Google Hangout, Skype, Facetime, or email.
Ideas for Honoring a Loved One (from AFSP website)
There is no right or wrong way to honor your loved one. Here are some ideas:
Plant a tree in their memory.
If you can afford it, donate a park bench, or engrave a plaque with your loved one's name.
Write about your loved one. If you wish, share it in a way that feels right to you.
Ask your loved one's relatives, friends, or co-workers to contribute their favorite memories or photos, and use them to make a scrapbook or memory box. This can help you to celebrate your loved one’s life while giving others a chance to get involved, too.
Cook your loved one's favorite meal, participate in activities they liked, listen to music they enjoyed, or read a book that reminds you of them.
Some survivors of suicide loss find it healing to help others through AFSP. You can:
The best way to honor a loved one is to take care of yourself.