Video presentation marks Survivors of Suicide Day

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It’s a 90-minute video, but a lifetime of homage to the pain and grief associated with surviving suicide, organizers say.

Saturday is International Survivors of Suicide Day and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention marks the date with presentations in communities all over the world. This year Walla Walla’s Survivors of Suicide Loss support group will sponsor the showing in the second floor auditorium of the Washington Oddfellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave, from 10 a.m.-noon. Light refreshments will be served; tickets are $5.

The AFSP does a “great” job of assembling speakers for the videos, people with stories of loss and coping that span the spectrum of survivors, said John Paulson, co-founder of the Walla Walla support group and father of Nate Paulson, who died by suicide in 2010.

Every year survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, promote healing and connect with others with similar experiences, he explained.

There is strength and more in numbers, Paulson said. His support group meets the second Tuesday of every month for 90 minutes at Children’s Home Society of Washington, 1612 Penny Lane, beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Both the yearly observation that falls on Saturday and the monthly support meeting offer a safe environment for survivors, he added. “When you’re ready, we are here.”

For more information about Saturday go to www.afsp.org. For local information call Janet Moore at 525-6697 or Paulson at 509-301-2692.

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