The death of Robin Williams brings new pain to those of us who have lost someone we love to suicide. We commend the Albany Herald for choosing to highlight facts about mental illness and suicide on page 1 today (Wednesday).
For anyone who has been impacted by the loss of someone to suicide, there is support. The Survivors of Suicide (SOS) support group meets monthly on the second Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The group is open to individuals ages 17 and over who have lost a loved one to suicide.
SOS groups provide survivors an opportunity to gather together for mutual support, to share common experiences, and to receive non-judgmental encouragement and practical guidance from each other on coping with grief and loss.
The group is a safe environment. Everything shared in the group is confidential. Our volunteer facilitators were trained and certified through the National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare in Sandy Springs, GA.
For more information on the location of SOS support group meetings in your area or available community resources, please contact us by email at AlbanySurvivors@gmail.com, by telephone at (229) 234-7954, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swgasuicideprevention.
For those individuals struggling with thoughts of suicide or who may just need someone to talk to, please know that help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development’s Crisis and Access Line at (800) 715-4225.
EDITOR’S NOTE; Babs Hall submitted this letter of behalf of herself, Jere Brands, Julia Davis and Vivian Davis with the Survivors of Suicide Support Group in Albany.