Published November 15, 2015
ADA, OKLAHOMA — The Chickasaw Nation is hosting a special event to commemorate International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. It’s the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope, officials said.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1300 Hoppe Blvd. Suite 5, Ada, Oklahoma. Everyone is invited. Participants will see a screening of a new documentary produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) titled “Family Journeys: Healing and Hope after a Suicide.”
Additional events include a presentation by the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, as well as small group discussions to bring together people who have experienced similar losses.
In 1999, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., introduced legislation to mark the day. With its passage, Congress designated the Saturday before Thanksgiving “National Survivors of Suicide Day.” Reid’s father committed suicide in 1972.
In recognition of the fact that suicide knows no geographic or national boundaries and because Survivor Day events are organized around the world, AFSP’s program is called “International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.”