Each day in the U.S., approximately 100 people take their own lives, leaving behind loved ones to struggle with the loss, grief and all theses questions that begin with “Why?”
Too often, survivors of suicide loss believe the death of their loved one is somehow shameful or that they or their family are to blame.
But research shows that more than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying, although not always diagnosed, psychiatric illness at the time of their death, most often depression.
The holiday season can be particularly difficult for survivors. To help, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Day will be held on Saturday in more than 300 cities around the world, including here in Oneonta. The event will be at The Atonement Lutheran Church on 1 Center St. starting at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.afsp.org.