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International Survivors of Suicide Day 2012 Local Gathering Concord, CA

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


OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALKS
September-October 2018
Thousands of people nationwide walk in their local communities 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 and short video.
Find the Walks in your state.
The Overnight Walk (2019)

INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS DAY
Saturday, November 17, 2018 (Always the Saturday before Thanksgiving)
Survivor Day Information and to find your local events.
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 Documentaries from Past Survivor Days:
Trailer of “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope”
Trailer of “The Journey Revisited”
View full documentaries. (20-30 min each)
Note: To watch with English subtitles, Spanish, French, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Nepalese, Danish, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, or Swahili captions, click the CC button in the right-hand corner of the “Play” bar.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK
September 9 – 15, 2018
Resources from AFSP.
Resources from AAS.
Media and Information Kit

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
International Association for Suicide Prevention
Saturday, September 10, 2018
Information and Activities

CONFERENCES:

31st Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference
April 27th, 2019 • Denver, CO

52nd Annual Conference American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
“Converging Fields, Expanding Perspectives”
April 24 – 27, 2019 • Denver, CO

IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research
A meeting that brings together suicide researchers studying topics ranging from neurobiology and genetics to prevention and intervention.
October 27-30, 2019 • Loews Miami Beach Hotel


10-WEEK GROUP CURRICULUM PACKAGE
Available Soon!

Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss
Guided Journey for Healing Group

A 10-week Curriculum to use as an addition to an ongoing support group,
as a weekend workshop, or to begin your own group.
Curriculum developed by co-authors Marilynne Chöphel MFT and Robert Lesoine MA, Ed.

OVERVIEW
The journey of healing from suicide loss can be lonely and painful. You may feel stigmatized by society or abandoned by those who don’t seem able to give the understanding, comfort and support you need. The effects of such tragic loss can remain hidden and unresolved for many years. Sharing your experience with those who truly understand is an important part of coming to terms with the loss and healing. Creating supportive connection that is safe, consistent, and caring can help to heal the pain and separation following the loss of a loved one.

Consider offering this 10-week program, based on the book Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss, that helps you create a supportive space to gently turn toward the loss in order to facilitate a transformative healing process. Different from a general support group, this comprehensive group curriculum explores a different topic each week and draws on many portals of transformation including directed mindfulness, self-inquiry, reflective journaling, compassionate connection, somatic awareness, music, poetry, and contemplative practices, to help move from suffering toward more resolution and greater freedom. 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.

CURRICULUM PACKAGE
The curriculum is a comprehensive package that provides everything you need to offer this 10-week guided healing journey. The curriculum can be used as-is, or can be adapted for the needs of your group. The package includes Weekly Lesson Plans, a Welcome Packet for Participants, and Instructional Materials for the Group Leaders:

Weekly Lesson Plans
A 10-week guided healing process that is paced through four phases, including supportive mindfulness practices:

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

Welcome Packet for Participants
Documents to adapt for your own needs:

  • Sample Group Flyer
  • Welcome Letter to Group Members
  • Weekly Topics & Practices
  • “The Journey Ahead” Group Member Agreements
  • Support through Loss and Grief Resources
  • Book Flyer

Instructional Materials for the Group Leaders
The materials provided offer a healing process with full guidelines, instruction, and exercises that can be used as-is, or changed and adapted for your own use to respond to the unique needs of your group.

  • Welcome Letter and Packet for Group Leaders
  • Tips for Creating a Healing Space and Setting Intention
  • Instructions for Opening Circle, Guided Meditations, Group Share, and Closing Circle
  • 10 Topic Lesson Plans (Sample instruction for each topic includes an introduction, excerpts from the book Unfinished Conversation, the author’s personal journey, guided reflections, and a carefully sequenced structure with opening and closing circles, contemplative practices, interactive exercises, and group share.)
  • Guided Exercises for self-reflection, dyads, and small groups
  • 10 Guided Contemplative Practices
  • 10 “Returning to the Present Moment” guided practices
  • 10 Inspirational Poems and Quotes
  • Farewell Letter for participants, with follow-up resources and “Reflections for Continuing the Journey”

Group Leaders
Because of the complicated bereavement and unique needs of those healing from suicide and traumatic loss, we recommend that your group be run by Co-Leaders: a Group Leader who is a licensed mental health professional, and a Co-Leader (or both leaders) who is a survivor of suicide loss. We recommend that survivors wait at least two years after experiencing a suicide or traumatic loss before facilitating a group, and non-clinicians have at least one year experience participating in a support group.

Disclaimer
The Guided Journey for Healing Group Curriculum is not an alternative to therapy. We highly recommend that your group members participate in their own therapy with a licensed mental health professional during the course of the group. The curriculum and materials we provide are offered only as a suggested format, do not constitute specific advice, and we are not responsible for the group members’ experience. If you have any questions or concerns about a participant’s adjustment or mental health, immediately consult with a local licensed mental health professional.

To Order Curriculum
Curriculum fee and purchase information will be available soon.
To pre-order the curriculum, send an email here.
 

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

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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

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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