We provide information to survivors after a completed suicide, including a Survivors of Suicide Information Kit. In addition, CMHA’s Resource library has a variety of books, videos and pamphlets that may be helpful in the aftermath of suicide.
Suicide is the tragic, end result of a crisis that has built up, often over time, to the point where someone sees death as the only way to end their pain. At this stage, it becomes hard to think clearly – the consequences of their actions may not be fully considered, and better solutions can become less obvious. Ultimately, someone with suicidal thoughts may end up choosing a very permanent solution to, what could be, a temporary problem or situation they face.
The impact of a completed suicide on our closely-knit Island communities is huge. Loved ones left behind after a completed suicide are often devastated, confused, and struggle to understand, “Why did this happen?” This question may be impossible to answer.
Feelings of grief and loss are hard to cope with, but grief after suicide is different – it’s a complicated kind of grief that requires a great deal understanding and support. Natural reactions to suicide may include confusion, denial, anger, guilt, remorse, and sometimes depression and thoughts of suicide. Someone who has lost a loved one to suicide needs ongoing support to protect their own mental health and well-being.
Check out the new brochure ‘Grief After Suicide; A Pathway to Hope and Healing’. Click on the download button to download the pdf.
An excellent web resource for survivors is: www.forsuicidesurvivors.com.