Facilitator Herb Baker: 503.708.3047 or
Contact Carol Palmer: 541-408-0667 or
Partners in Care – To Register: 541.382.5882
Grief Programs and Support Groups
Survivors of Suicide - http://www.survivorsofsuicide.com/
To help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way. This site will offer information that will help answer some of those questions, as well as provide a safe place for survivors and friends of survivors to share their struggle and pain and offer comfort and understanding to others who have experienced a similar loss.
What's Your Grief - Helps people explore ideas, experiences, and concepts related to grief, coping, and life after loss.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/loss-survivors/
Provides a comprehensive list of resources for suicide loss survivors.
The Dougy Center - https://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/
The Dougy Center provides support groups and resources, including videos on healing for people experiencing grief.
Recover From Grief - https://www.recover-from-grief.com/
This website contains a variety of creative mourning techniques, including talking, writing, creating art, music or poetry.
Cautions About Online Support Groups:
Is the site moderated?
We know that non-moderated sites can allow people who are mean or self-serving. It's best to avoid mean and self-serving people.
Some group moderators are well-meaning, but have no training or background in helping people heal from a suicide loss. It's okay to private message the group facilitator and ask questions about their qualifications.
Does it have trigger alerts?
A trigger alert is a heads-up that a post may be traumatizing to read.
What are the community rules?
Rules to consider might be: Respectful behavior toward others, no graphic details, and supporting other participants.
Is the group for support, healing, and encouragement?
If not, there are other groups that are; those are the groups you should consider first.
Are descriptions of suicide deaths allowed?
Detailed descriptions can evoke a strong emotional reaction from participants. These types of discussions should be discussed one-on-one with a professional; groups are not the appropriate place because they can cause harm to others who are hurting.
Focus on Your Own Safety
It is not uncommon for Survivors of suicide loss to experience their own thoughts of suicide. Most Survivors do not die by suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing crisis or thoughts of suicide, it’s a good idea to talk with someone you can trust and to reduce access to:
Firearms – Identify a trusted person to store the firearms off site just as a temporary step until things get better. Madras Police Department (541.475.2344) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (541.475.6520) will safely store unloaded firearms temporarily. It’s okay to ask.
Medications – A doctor, pharmacist, or the Poison Control Center (1-800.222.1222) may be able to help you determine safe quantities for medicines to keep on hand.
Alcohol – Alcohol increases the potential for an at-risk person to attempt suicide and increase the lethality of suicide attempts. Keep only small quantities at home.