Suicide Loss Peer Support Group
Have you lost someone you love to suicide, and feel like no one understands?
Support for Suicide Loss is a support group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. It is a group of caring, compassionate individuals who have all experienced suicide loss. It is a place where we can safely share, listen, grieve, learn about how others are coping and receive mutual support.
The support group meets the first Thursday of each month for two hours. It is run by qualified and experienced facilitators, whose role is to establish safety and to assist the flow of the group. The group format is peer-to-peer support and is not meant to replace professional counselling, treatment, or medical support.
Why attend a support group?
Moving through grief usually doesn’t happen quickly or even completely, and you may need company and support along your journey. It can be powerful to connect with other people who have experienced loss due to suicide, and a relief to be able to talk about suicide with people who ‘get it’. A support group can provide a sense of connection—a safe place where everyone can share their experiences and support each other.
Some people who have suffered a loss through suicide attend a support group almost immediately, while others may wait months and even years. Some may attend steadily, others only at ‘hard times’. It may take a few meetings before you become comfortable. You may discover that sharing in a group setting isn’t comfortable for you, or you may learn that everything you’re feeling is “normal”.
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- Is a support group right for me?
If you are interested in learning more about Support for Suicide Loss, please complete and the peer support group facilitator will reply within 5-7 business days. You can also email NEED2 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
If you’ve filled out the form and are either waiting to hear back or are waiting for the next support group meeting, you may find the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s tool-kit for people affected by a suicide loss helpful:
Youthspace.ca also offers a rich online resource database, focusing on youth programs, mental health and wellness. With a focus on serving youth in Greater Victoria, there is a section devoted to local services and organizations. Many online supports and resources are also featured.