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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-November 2019
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 (2020)

INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS DAY
Saturday, November 23, 2019 (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”
View full documentaries. (20-30 min each)
Note: Subtitles in over 15 languages. Click “CC” button in the right corner of the “Play” bar.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK
September 8 – 14, 2019
Resources from AFSP.
Resources from AAS.
Media and Information Kit

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
International Association for Suicide Prevention
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Information and Activities

CONFERENCES:

IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research
October 27-30, 2019 • Loews Miami Beach Hotel

53rd Annual Conference American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
Including the 32nd Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference
April 22-25, 2020 • Portland, OR


UNFINISHED CONVERSATION GROUP CURRICULUM
Guided Journey for Healing from Suicide and Loss 10-Week Group

Offer this 10-week group in your community or organization. Based on the book, this comprehensive curriculum package provides everything you need to offer a 10-week guided healing process through the grief from suicide loss. Different from a general support group, this guided healing process explores a different topic each week and is paced through four phases:

(1) Stabilization: Creating Support and Honoring
2) Processing: Coming to Terms with Memories
(3) Transformation: Finding Perspective and Meaning
(4) Integration: Deepening Healing and Wellbeing

The curriculum is designed for the use of professionals and organizations who serve those touched by suicide loss including hospice and grief services, suicide loss support groups, high schools, colleges, social service and mental health programs, suicide prevention services, therapists and clergy, and other healing professionals.
Overview of the Curriculum Package and To Order
Curriculum 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

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


Kevin Berthia’s TED Talk The Impact of Listening (audio, 20 min)
Sgt. Kevin Briggs’ TED Talk The Bridge Between Suicide and Life (audio, 14 min)
Story Corps “I just got on that rail and turned around…” (audio, 3 min)
NPR 10 Years Later, A Pair Of Strangers Revisit A Leap Not Taken (audio, 3 min)

 

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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