Community and Author Events

International Survivors of Suicide Day 2012 Local Gathering Concord, CA

International Survivors of Suicide Day
2012 Local Gathering – Concord, CA

September-October 2017
Thousands of people nationwide walk to raise awareness about depression and suicide, and provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide. Community Walks, Campus Walks, and Overnight Walks.
Walk Information. View a short video.
Find the Walks in your state.
Join the Authors at the California Walks: Join Robert at the Southern California walks and Marilynne at the Northern California walks. Email us to meet and walk together.

The Overnight Walk 2018 – Locations are being finalized. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Every year, survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, promote healing, and to connect with others that have had similar experiences. Join with others in your community or online to listen to a diverse panel of survivors discuss their losses, how they coped, and much more.

View Survivor Day Documentaries (in English with captions, Español, and Française)
Click here to view a 2-minute Trailer of the 2016 documentary.
View full 2016 documentary, “Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life After Loss” (27 min)
View documentaries from past Survivor Day programs.

Survivor Day Events
Watch the full Online Survivor Day Event.

Find local events in your area.
Join the Authors at the California ISOS Days: Join Robert at the Los Angeles events and Marilynne at the San Francisco or Santa Rosa event. Email us to meet and sit together.

September 10 – September 16, 2017
Resources from AFSP.
Resources from AAS.
Media and Information Kit

International Association for Suicide Prevention
Saturday, September 10, 2017
Information and Activities


Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss

A Weekly Group for Healing
The effects of traumatic loss often remain hidden and unresolved. This program offers a safe and supportive space to reflect on your loss in order to facilitate a transformative healing process. The guided approach may help to release past trauma, affirm emotions, transform the pain, and honor your relationship with a lost loved one to find greater perspective, meaning, and well-being in your life.
Based on the book Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss—A Guided Journey, this weekly 2-hour group format draws on many portals of transformation, including directed mindfulness, self-inquiry, reflective journaling, compassionate connection, somatic awareness, music, poetry, movement, and silence, to help you move from suffering toward resolution and greater freedom. Join together with family members, friends, or your support group so you can walk through the healing process together.
The guided healing process is paced through four phases, including supportive mindfulness practices, over the 10 weeks:

  • Stabilization: Creating Support and Honoring
    1. The Journey Ahead and Setting Intention
    Self-Compassion Practice
    2. Creating Support and Honoring Your Loved One
    Self-Compassion Break
  • Processing: Coming to Terms with Memories
    3. The Journey Begins – Shock and Disbelief
    Mindfulness Meditation
    4. Beginning the Conversation
    Walking Meditation
    5. Deepening the Conversation
    Tonglen Meditation
    6. Journey through Grief
    Compassion Meditation
    7. Remorse & Regret
    Forgiveness Meditation
  • Transformation: Finding Perspective and Meaning
    8. Emerging Perspective and Meaning
    Kindness Meditation
  • Integration: Deepening Healing and Wellbeing
    9. Continuing the Conversation
    Equanimity Meditation
    10. Honoring and Closure
    Mindfulness Meditation

Group Information: A curriculum for the Healing from Suicide and Loss group is being developed for use by local support groups.
Registration: For more information about the curriculum, send us an email.
Group developed by co-authors Marilynne Chöphel MFT and Robert Lesoine MA, Ed.

Photos from Community Events:

Out of the Darkness Walk Presentation, Kevin Briggs, CHP Officer Dawn by Lake Merritt October 18, 2014

Out of the Darkness Walk
Presentation: Kevin Briggs, CHP Officer
Dawn by Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
October 18, 2014


Out of the Darkness Walk, Oakland, CA October 18, 2014
Kevin Berthia, Survivor and Advocate for Suicide Prevention
Sgt. Kevin Briggs, Retired California Highway Patrol Officer, Suicide Intervention/Prevention

Robert Lesoine at the Santa Monica Out of the Darkness Walk
October 25, 2014



Family and friends walking in honor of their loved one.

Out of the Darkness Walk
Dawn by Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
October 19, 2013

Out of the Darkness Walk Dawn over the Sacramento Capitol Building October 4, 2014

Out of the Darkness Walk
Dawn over the Sacramento Capitol Building
October 4, 2014











Speakers at the Capitol building

Out of the Darkness Walk
Presentation: Katie Williams
Sacramento Capitol Building
October 4, 2014