International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Survivor Day was created by an act of Congress in 1999 and since then has been sponsored and supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). In 2016 there were over 350 locally organized events held throughout the US, and around the world. The AFSP Maryland Chapter will host 10 events across the State (see locations below).
This year’s gatherings will include a screening of AFSP’s compelling documentary The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope, and the follow-up featurette, The Journey Revisited. For many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide. For those who are unable to attend a Survivor Day event in person, AFSP hosts a Survivor Day program online at afsp.org/SurvivorDay. To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit Afsp.org, call 202-770-8973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Local Survivor Day events in Maryland will be held on Saturday, November 18th:
Annapolis – Broadneck Branch Library (1275 Green Holly Drive) from 10 am to 2 pm.
Berlin – Zenna Wellness Studio (10 South Main Street), from 10 am to 1 pm.
Centreville – Compass Regional Hospice (255 Comet Drive) from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
Ellicott City – Howard County Miller Library (9421 Frederick Road), 1 to 4:30 pm.
Frederick – Frederick Mental Health Association (226 South Jefferson Street) from 11 am to 3 pm.
Germantown – Montgomery College Germantown, Bioscience Education Center (20200 Observation Drive) from 11 am to 3 pm.
Hagerstown – More info at Afsp.org/survivor_day/hagerstown-maryland.
Leonardtown – Saint Mary’s County Health Department (21580 Peabody Street) from 1 to 5 pm.
Towson – at Towson University Counseling Center (Ward & West Building, 8000 York Road), noon to 4 pm.