OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT WHERE HURTING PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO HEAL BY HELPING OTHER HURTING PEOPLE HEAL
A loved one’s suicide is a devastating event for his/her family members, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. It creates intense, confusing and long-lasting grief.
We know that grief from the suicide of a loved one is complicated. “What
There are many different resources available for survivors of suicide to help them resolve their grief. This can include individual professional counseling, grief groups, workshops and conferences, books and articles on grief and suicide, talking about the loss with friends and family, and suicide loss survivor support groups. One or more of those options might make sense for most survivors.
Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide is a peer-facilitated support group for any individual 18 and older who needs help resolving grief from suicide. (Please see here if you are looking for a support group for youth ages 13-19). The trained volunteers who facilitate our support group have each experienced a suicide loss and have had the time to process and work through their grief to a level where they feel they can be helpful to others. As facilitators, their role in the group is to ensure each meeting starts and ends on time, to guide the flow of discussion and to ensure the environment remains a safe space for everyone present. Our facilitators do not diagnose or treat members of the group and our support groups are not a substitute for medical treatment or professional therapy.
During our meetings, members provide mutual support to others as they discuss difficulties they may be having coping with their loss and can seek opportunities to learn new ways of approaching challenges and situations that have come up as a result of the suicide death. This includes: looking for experience dealing with secondary losses, how to handle the things people say to suicide survivors, what you can do to handle difficult anniversaries, special occasions or “tender days”, and getting help with processing feelings often associated with a suicide loss (including guilt, anger, shame, blame, self-doubt, fear, abandonment, relief etc.). Our group provides a safe and confidential space to exchange ideas and support in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory and inclusive environment.
We all share a common experience—the loss of someone close to us by a suicide death. Race, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, physical disability, the presence of a mental health disorder (our own or a loved one’s), religion or politics should not be things that further divide us as we grieve. We gather together as loss survivors – we are former spouses or partners; parents; grandparents; children; siblings; aunts or uncles; cousins; friends; co-workers; doctors, dentists, nurses, counselors or therapists; neighbors; etc. – our relationship with those we lost does not matter. Our group exists as a safe space to share our experiences and our feelings – including those feelings and experiences that others who have not experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide may not understand.
Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide is a program of The Hope Group, an organization dedicated to reducing Colorado suicide rates by providing peer support opportunities for all individuals impacted by suicide. Meetings are free although donations are gratefully accepted. There is no need to call ahead or pre-register before attending, however, you are always welcome to call us any time at 720.745.9252 with any questions or concerns you may have.
Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide meets from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm on the 2nd Monday every month in the Meeting Room at Sheridan Library*.
Sheridan Library is near the intersection of Federal Blvd. & Oxford Ave. (3425 W. Oxford Ave.) in Denver, CO. The Meeting Room is in the first hallway on your left by the vending machines before you enter the main library. We want you to know that we are here for you, and hope you will join us at our next meeting.
*The Hope Group is appreciative of the space that the Sheridan library provides for our meetings and workshops and wishes to acknowledge that the granting of permission by the Arapahoe Library District to use library facilities does not constitute an endorsement by the Library District staff or Board of Trustees.
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or is in crisis:
Please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. You can also reach them at www.coloradocrisisservices.org. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), reach the Crisis Text Line by texting HOPE to 741-741 or visit www.imalive.org for online text chat. The facilitators of Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide would like you to know that YOU MATTER! Don’t give up fighting, please reach out. Hope and help are available 24/7/365.