AFSP - Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.


Articles from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
Why Did This Happen?
What Do I Do Now?
When You Fear Someone May Take Their Life


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's

International Survivors of Suicide Day

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

Every year on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving, the AFSP sponsors International Survivors of Suicide Day, reaching out to thousands of people who have lost a loved one to suicide. The day of conferences connects survivors of suicide loss through a 90-minute webcast, allowing them to share their experiences of loss. The webcast features a panel of experienced survivors and mental health professionals and offers emotional support and information about resources for healing after the loss of a loved one to suicide.

The webcast will begin at 1:00 P.M. EST. Join together with other survivors by participating in a live online chat afterwards starting at 2:30 P.M. EST. To reach a wide group of survivors, the 2012 program is available for viewing with English captioning for the hearing impaired, or subtitles in French or Spanish.

Many of the local conference sites plan their own programs around the broadcast, including panels and breakout groups, all aimed at helping survivors heal. To find a conference site near you or to sign up to watch from your home computer, please visit http://www.afsp.org/survivorday.

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Comment by Singing Rain on October 28, 2013 at 7:17am

I have been thinking suicide since I was a child. Don't remember which day it started. Probably after my mother was divorced and had to raise 2 kids by herself. She was overwhelmed by 2 kids, buying a house and car all by herself--and all those people that chose to judge her rather than help her.

I am so sorry no one helped her. Her grief turned into rage 98% of the time. I learned to hide from everybody including those angry teachers. I was a labeled a bad child by everybody. Apparently I acted out my mother's grief. I couldn't help her. There was nothing that I did that was right. That is when spirit beings stepped in.

I heard and felt energy beings following me around. Good for me as friends and parents, but talking about them caused a huge amount of grief in everybody else.

I was not allowed friends of any kind. So spirit beings became my parents and friends. How do you ask someone to help you with that? I am still grieving because I have no friends or parents in this world, but because I have read so many books that say death is an illusion....physicists say solidity is an illusion and so is time. So since 99% of the general public doesn't know physics, then I am still alone.

Who do I talk to about this near death experience? Medicaid only knows schizophrenia and pills. Medicaid therapists know nothing of quantum physics, so they still keep on teaching people that this is the only life and then you die.

The only times that have been successful for me is when I prayed for others. Physicists say that everything is totally 100% energy and that this energy can be directed to others to help them. So I tried this and it worked. That was in my 20s and 30s. But I had such a low self esteem that when this energy got really powerful and overwhelming, then I stopped. I had no one to talk to. No one to jump up and down with because prayer is a real thing. No one to laugh with because this reality is a temporary frequency band, one of many, that we visit and then leave. Read the book written by the former NASA physicist Barbara Brennan called "Hands of Light". This is just one of many.

Seems all of us have been abused because none of us are taught that we are eternal energy beings just visiting earth. So since suicide is actually an intense desire to go back home to that frequency band that vibrates faster than this one---I am not suicidal---I am home sick. Helping me to get back home is the best thing you could do because this is where my real friends and family are. Let people go. Stop holding death over people's heads like an ax.

Comment by ConnieJean Carnahan on November 17, 2012 at 2:57pm

Not a day goes by that I don't think of Norman.  I was the last person to see him alive, and will never forget how empty he was, and I "could see right through him."  I left him in his apartment just long enough for me to go to my apartment to call family members.  I knew we could get him Baker Acted, and maybe he would have gotten the help he needed.  I can hear a certain song, and I still weep.  He used carbon monoxide, and me and my husband pulled hin out of the car.  He was already dead.  God Help and Forgive Me

Comment by River of Tears on April 8, 2011 at 7:52am
Legacy has been such a wonderful and support venue for all that are dealing such pain where there may have been no other place for someone to go to have a voice to at least to share what they had deep inside of the sorrow of the loss of a loved one. If to see that maybe that you could add a discussion area so that if some are thinking of this or believe this is the only way out of what ever darkness they may be in that they too will have a way to find some light as all the many who you have helped with the loss in their loved ones. A link that would be accessable so that they could get immediate need be . As many times all that one needs is or someone to walk by there side and carry the light until they see where they can go . Unless the darkness even in grief as I know can be so dark and vast that it seems almost impossible to find even a bit of lite to tell youi all will be ok at least for now .
Just a thought for all the many who are in such pain as well as their families who then have to try to live on . This to me would be just another extenstion of what your true purpose is , at least it has for me to offer a comfort , a chance to have a voice , to give light to all because you care .. Seems so simple doesnt it.. If we all could not do that each and every day
Please take care to all
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