Term Suicide Loss Survivors Support Groups
Code PN-8100.1000-800
Definition Mutual support groups whose members are families and friends of people who have died by suicide. The groups meet in-person, by telephone or via the Internet; and focus on helping participants overcome feelings of helplessness and responsibility for the actions of the individual so they can express their grief, move through the bereavement process and put their lives back together.
Created 12/8/10
Changed 12/6/22
Use References Loss Survivor Groups
Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
Survivors of Suicide Loss Groups
See Also References Suicide Counseling (RP-1400.8000-825)
Suicide Prevention Hotlines (RP-1500.1400-800)
Suicide Prevention Programs (RR-5150.5000-800)
Suicide Prevention Volunteer Opportunities (PX-1800.1500-250)
Suicide Threat Reporting (RP-1500.8010)
External Classification Terms Counseling (UW 7.1.01.01)
Counseling (NTE F60)
Individual, Family and Community Support (USA IF-330)
Individual/Family Services (CAN IF-330)
Mental Health (ACH L-01)
Personal Social Services (NPC P05)
Personal Social Services (NTE P50)
Related Concepts Death and Dying
Organization/Facility Type
Facet Organization/Facility Type
Comments "commit" implies suicide is a sin or crime, reinforcing the stigma that it's a selfish act and personal choice. Using neutral phrasing like "died by suicide" helps strip away the shame/blame element.
Bibliographic References The Self-Help Sourcebook: Finding and Forming Mutual Aid Self-Help Groups, Fourth Edition, American Self-Help Clearinghouse, Riverside Medical Center, Denville, NJ, 1992

"Suicide bereavement and complicated grief"
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3384446/

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