By Amy Taylor
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
Survivor Day was created by an act of Congress in 1999. Since then, it has been sponsored and supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP. In 2018, there were 370 AFSP-hosted events, including 32 international sites in 19 countries.
This year, Survivor Day is Nov. 23. AFSP is hosting hundreds of events throughout the United States and around the world. Events on this day give people who have survived a suicide loss a place to gather with others and share their stories of hope and healing.
“For many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide. All gatherings will include a screening of an AFSP-produced documentary for and about suicide loss survivors. For those who are unable to attend a Survivor Day event in person, AFSP hosts a Survivor Day program online at afsp.org/SurvivorDay,” said Ellen Shannon, Area Director for AFSP’s National Capital Area Chapter.
Local Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Events
Local International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day will be held in Virginia in Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax Counties as well as Washington, D.C. Event details are as follows:
- Bristow – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New Bristow Village Clubhouse, 111976 Bristow Village Blvd., Bristow
- Ashburn – 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brambleton Library, 22850 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn
- Oakton – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the ServiceSource Office Building, 3rd floor conference room, 10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton
- Washington, D.C. – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waterfront Church, 1000 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.
Amy Taylor (Ataylor@princewilliamliving.com) is a freelance writer and editor. She earned her BLS in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.