November 21, 2015 is this year’s Annual National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention(AFSP) states:
National Survivors of Suicide Day is a day of healing for those who have lost someone to suicide. It was created by U.S. Senate resolution in 1999 through the efforts of Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, who lost his father to suicide. Every year, AFSP sponsors an event to provide an opportunity for the survivor community to come together for support, healing, information and empowerment.
I have written previously about suicide and trauma survivors as well as how anti-gay bullying can increase suicide risk for LGBTQ youth. Queer communities nationally have been very sensitized to this issue recently, with all the media coverage of anti-LGBTQ bullying related suicides.
What we may not always be aware of is that suicide impacts many. The family, friends and even acquaintances of those who commit suicide are often profoundly affected by this loss. Suicide is traumatic. Those left behind often struggle with unanswered questions, feelings of guilt and even anger. In addition, since mental health issues in general and suicide in particular are still stigmatized, survivors may feel a sense of shame that precludes talking about their loss and reaching out for the help they need.
If you have lost someone to suicide you are not alone. Support is available. Connection with others who understand can be very healing.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Originally pNovember 20, 2009
November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor and remember transgender (or perceived to be transgender) individuals who have been murdered because of discrimination and hate.
I am including a list of links shared via Twitter and Facebook. It is encouraging to see so many working towards raising awareness and ending all forms of violence and hate. Today I will envision a time when none of us suffer or die simply because of who we are.
What Does Transgender Day of Remembrance Mean to You – Q&A with Ethan St. Pierre
Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring Project reveals more than 160 murders of trans people in the last 12 months
This year, we remember
What Does Transgender Day Of Remembrance Mean To You?
Kathleen Young, Psy.D.
Happy Monday! Why not practice mindfulness along with a master, Winnie the Pooh?