First Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day Planned For Worcester County

Snow Hill, Md. (October 16, 2013)  Since 1999, those who have lost loved ones to suicide have gathered the weekend before Thanksgiving to find comfort from others who share the same tragedy.  On Saturday, November 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Snow Hill branch of the Worcester County Public Library (307 North Washington Street), the first annual International Survivors of Suicide Day has been scheduled.  

 “In the United States, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention spearheads this effort to help survivors find a way to deal with their grief,” said Jesse Klump Memorial Fund President Kim Klump. “Our International Survivor’s of Suicide Day is an afternoon of healing, support, and sharing for bereaved individuals and families.  Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide is welcome to join us.”
 
 Trained mental health professionals and social workers from the Health Department will co-host the event, and information about local mental health resources will be available.  An open discussion, based on the material in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s survivors’ video, will follow its screening. “We think that participating in International Survivors of Suicide Day, because we will be simultaneously watching the same video with millions of survivors world-wide, offers a particularly promising healing experience,” Klump said. 
                       
“We approach the situations of those we know are grieving with no judgment or blame, only listening and understanding,” said Jennifer LaMade of the Health Department. “We understand the extraordinary difficulty of suicide-related loss, how it differs from grief following what, for the lack of a better term, I’ll call a ‘natural’ death. Freighted with disbelief, guilt, and anger, when a loved one takes their life, overwhelming emotions leave survivors reeling.”
 
For more information on the Worcester County International Survivors of Suicide Day, call (443) 982-2716, or visit choosetolivemaryland.org.  There is no charge to attend.

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Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

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