Support for Allegany County Families and Communities After a Suicide
The immediate aftermath of a loved one’s suicide is a challenging, confusing, and painful time. Families may need help through the first few days with a better understanding of the things they're likely to face. Please visit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for answers to some of the most common questions families may have.
Survivors of Suicide
Time heals all wounds is not necessarily true for survivors of suicide. Time is necessary for healing, but time is not enough. Shared feelings enrich and lead to growth and healing.
If you are a survivor of suicide loss, please consider joining an Allegany County Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group:
2nd and 4th Thursday of Every Month
Cuba Cultural Center
38 East Main Street
Cuba, New York 14727
2nd Tuesday of Every Month
Youth for Christ
55 East Fassett Street
Wellsville, New York 14895
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one to suicide, extra attention to self care is important, especially in the days and weeks immediately following the loss of a friend or loved one to suicide.
Download the Survivors of Suicide Loss Guide here!
Find additional resources at:
After a Suicide: Recommendations for Religious Services and Other Public Memorial Observances
This booklet helps community and faith leaders plan memorial observances and provide support to survivors.
Talking to Children About Suicide
If you find yourself having to explain suicide to a child, you may be wondering about the best way to do it. To help, learn some practical guidelines from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Survivor Day is a day when suicide loss survivors can gather together to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
Locally, Survivors Day 2018 will take place on November 17, 2018. The event is Free and includes a light lunch and program. To register, please contact Patty Amidon at 585-593-5223, ext. 1010.
All gatherings will include a screening of a new Survivor Day documentary produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
To view past Survivor Day documentaries, please click here.
Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss
Suicide loss impacts family members, friends, and the community. Allegany County's Suicide Prevention Coalition is sorry for your loss and is here to help connect you to services and information you may need during these difficult times; including:
For further information, please contact the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition at 585-593-5223, ext. 1011.