Valley Viewpoints: Survivors of Suicide Day

by Angela Marotta, AFSP Board Member Fulton

Each day in the U.S., approximately 100 people take their own lives, leaving behind loved ones to struggle with the loss, grief and all of those questions that begin with “Why?”

I lost my daughter, Ashley Pluff, to suicide in December 2007.

Too often, survivors of suicide loss believe the death of their loved one is somehow shameful or that they or their family are to blame. But research shows that more than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying, although not always diagnosed, psychiatric illness at the time of their death, most often depression.

The holiday season can be particularly difficult for survivors. To help, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Day will be held Nov. 17 in more than 300 cities around the world, including here in Liverpool. This is a safe environment for survivors of a suicide loss to meet and talk to other survivors. The program is also available online. For more information visit www.afsp.org.

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