Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Gathering Nov. 18

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Gathering Nov. 18

Pontiac, MI – The Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force joins the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to observe International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Saturday, Nov. 18. Nicknamed Survivors Day, it 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.

“Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth and the 10th leading cause of death overall. It leaves behind a web of loved ones experiencing a unique kind of grief,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer at Oakland County Health Division. “The Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force is committed to standing with survivors and including them in suicide prevention efforts.”

“Suicide loss is a risk factor for suicidal behavior,” said Christine Burk, Communications Director at Oakland Community Health Network. “It is imperative that we, as a community, support those who have lost someone to suicide to prevent suicide.”

ASFP provides resources to communities across the United States to host their own Survivors Day events each year. A Survivors Day event will be held at the Resource and Crisis Center (1200 N. Telegraph, Building 32E Pontiac, MI) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. The event, hosted by Common Ground, will include light refreshments, a screening of the ASFP documentary The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope, and resources for survivors of suicide loss. Call (248) 451-2613 or email Amelia Lehto at for further details.

“The Survivor Day Event welcomes anyone affected by suicide loss or persons that have experienced suicidal concerns themselves,” said Amelia Lehto, Resource & Crisis Helpline Coordinator at Common Ground. “Suicide is a serious public health concern. This event is an example of good postvention, an organized response to help those in the aftermath of a suicide, as a piece of comprehensive suicide prevention in our community.”

For more information on how to support survivors of suicide loss, visit To learn more about Common Ground’s Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Groups, visit or call 1-800-231-1127.

About the Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force

Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force partners include Oakland County Health Division, Oakland Community Health Network, Affirmations, Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, Beaumont Health, Common Ground, Community Network Services, Easterseals Michigan, The Friendship Circle, G. Colombini Counseling PLLC, Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit, Oakland Family Services, Oakland Schools, Oakland University, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Training & Treatment Innovations. For more information, visit

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide:

  • Call or text “hello” to the Common Ground Crisis Helpline, 24/7: 1-800-231-1127.
  • Visit to access the Common Ground Crisis Helpline’s online chat, 24/7.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24/7. Military veterans press #1.
  • Call 911 if the threat to safety is imminent.



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