There are over 700 suicides annually in Oregon, over 38,000 nationwide. It’s estimated that for every suicide there are at least six suicide loss survivors – family members or friends of the people who died by suicide. Based on this estimate, approximately 5.5 million Americans became survivors of suicide in the past 25 years.
It’s a wound that never heals for those left behind. They grapple with guilt. And the stigma can be overwhelming.
Survivors often struggle with the reasons why the suicide occurred and whether they should have done something to prevent the suicide or help their loved one. Feelings of guilt typically ensue if the survivor believes their loved one’s suicide could have been prevented.
Shame and embarassment can prevent the survivor from reaching out – yet that is exactly where the healing begins.
If you are a survivor of suicide loss, call Lines for Life’s Suicide Lifeline at 1 (800) 273- TALK (8255). We can give you resources that will help with the healing process.