NEW YORK, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in our country. For every suicide, there are many left behind. On September 9 -11, 2016, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will host the first national healing conference for long-term suicide loss survivors. This weekend-long conference "Our Journey Continues" will be held at W Chicago hotel and aims to bring together the first national gathering of long-term loss survivors for a time of learning and growing.
"The grief of losing someone to suicide is incredibly difficult, and the way survivors experience grief can change over time. It is our hope that by convening this conference, we can facilitate sharing, further healing, and growth," said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. "The idea came from conversations with loss survivors, where we learned there is an unmet need for a program of those who are years out from their loss. It's our hope that this conference offers a place for them to go in their healing journey."
Our Journey Continues conference is designed for people who have worked through the early experiences of suicide loss and have processed the earlier stages of grief, likely over a period of several years, and who are ready to engage in the next steps of sharing and healing together. Interactive in nature, the two-day conference will offer attendees a theme by which to engage, enrich and empower.
The conference includes many of the nation's top experts in grieving after a suicide loss. Some topics to be discussed include: Healing into Action, Military Survivors, Sharing Your Loved One's Legacy, Spirituality's Role in Long-Term Healing, Learning to Trust Again and Working through Complicated Grief. For a full list of speakers and topic areas, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Ra1jDL.
"It is an honor to partner with AFSP in facilitating this special conference. Time may modify, but never erase the impact of a loved one's suicide. The focus on long-term survivors extends our concerns to the lingering and changing issues of loss," said Andra S. Press, president, The Herbert Adelman Foundation.
The conference is sponsored by The Herbert Adelman Foundation, along with supporting sponsors AFSP's Illinois Chapter, and the Ride to Fight Suicide, Illinois to Wisconsin.
Register today, seats limited: http://bit.ly/1Ra1jDL.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention