The Lubbock chapter of The Compassionate Friends network is creating a group for survivors of suicide loss.  The South Plains Suicide Loss Support Group aims to support family and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide.

This subject hits close to home for me since my son, Thomas, died from suicide in February 2018. The Compassionate Friends Lubbock chapter was one of the first groups that I found to help me to learn how to cope with the loss of a child. The group, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month, is comprised of parents, grandparents and siblings who have lost a child or sibling. If you have lost a child or sibling, I highly recommend contacting the group and attending the meetings.

The new support group focusing on loss from suicide has a mission which states, "We are survivors of suicide loss who want to reach out to others who have experienced the loss of friends and loved ones to suicide.  We offer peer-based understanding, compassion, and fellowship to adult survivors of suicide loss in a safe and confidential sharing environment."

Studies show that an estimated 6-32 survivors are impacted by each person who dies by suicide and that the number of suicide deaths has reached over 47,000 per year in the United States.

The South Plains Suicide Loss Support Group will have it's first meeting on Wednesday, April 17th at 5:30pm at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers located at 6025 82nd Street (Iola Ave @ 82nd St).

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