Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Peer Support Group Launches July 8th 2020

SOS: Allies For Hope
Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Group (SOS)
2nd Wednesday of every month  7-8:30pm Virtual.
Call  415.492.0614 to get a zoom link or email  SOSinfo@Buckelew.org

The death of a loved one by suicide presents unique problems in grieving. Along with the shock and sorrow that accompany the sudden loss of someone vitally important to us, there is often a greater sense of bewilderment and helplessness, guilt and even anger towards a person who has taken their own life.

It is not unusual for survivors to experience despair, isolation, depression and even suicidal ideation in the aftermath of a suicide, profoundly complicating the grieving process.

It can be extremely difficult to negotiate the often-contradictory emotions that accompany a suicide loss, and finding support in negotiating these feelings can seem like an impossible task.

Buckelew Programs offers a safe place in our community for families and loved ones of people who have died by suicide to safely share their experience with others who are similarly affected.   This is a peer-to-peer group. We are meeting vurtually at this time out of respect to social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This group is lead by trained Buckelew Staff memeber, Tim Lea.

Tim Lea, Suicide Out Reach coordinator, Buckelew Programs

Tim Lea, MFA, is the Suicide Prevention Outreach coordinator for Buckelew Programs, is a life and leadership coach, a creative mentor and motivational trainer, as well as a survivor of the loss of a family member to suicide.

In this non-clinical peer-to-peer group, we share strategies and skills for coping with the complex issues surrounding the loss of a loved one to suicide as well as the feelings that accompany this loss.  It t is our belief that in sharing our stories, we can help to transition to a place of greater understanding and compassion for ourselves, for those with similar experiences, and those we have lost.