Teens Overcoming Grief After Suicide meets weekly for 7-weeks several times throughout the year to help 13-19-year-old youth grieve a suicide loss.
Grief is a universal experience. It is a normal, healthy response to loss. If you have ever experienced it, you know grief can be a difficult process. This process can be more challenging when it happens during a time of our lives that we are already experiencing other changes (like adolescence). Additionally, suicide is a complex loss because one has to grieve a loss that was caused by the decision of the individual to take their own life.
The stigma surrounding suicide can also complicate the grieving process for many reasons, including intensifying the emotions that one may not expect to experience surrounding a loved one’s death such as guilt, blame, shame, anger, fear and/or relief, etc.) and can often cause people to feel uncomfortable seeking comfort from others in talking about their loss like they would when a loved one dies from other causes such as a natural death, an accident or a long term illness.
Many adult suicide loss survivors find comfort in seeking others who have shared a similar loss due to this stigma, and Teens Overcoming Grief After Suicide is a 7-week support group that is just for youth 13-19 who have lost a family member or friend to suicide.
Teens meet with others who are the same age to share their grief, experiences and learn coping skills after the loss of a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or another person of significance in their lives. Like our 7-week Surviving After Suicide workshop for adults, Teens Overcoming Grief After Suicide is curriculum-based with structured group learning activities and a specific curriculum tailored to teens. We meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm as soon as we have 8 teens interested in the group. The cost is $50 for the 7-week session to cover the cost of materials and snacks.
If you are interested in learning more, want to know if this group may be appropriate for you or your teen, or to be placed on the waitlist, please contact Charlotte Tankersley at (720) 745-9252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Teens Overcoming Grief After 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.