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Supporting suicide survivors in Grande Prairie

Grief over the loss of a loved one to suicide can be complicated, mixed with feelings of regret and guilt.

To help survivors see it’s possible to make it through their feelings, people are gathering around the world Saturday to share their experiences on International Survivors of Suicide Day.

In the Grande Prairie area, the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre is holding its event at the Old Barn Hall at Country Roads RV, which Connect Program Coordinator says will be a safe place to find support.

“Share if you want, or don’t share; just listen. Support someone. If you’ve been through this and you’re at a really good place now, and you feel strong enough, you can be there to help support someone who’s just starting their journey through grief.”

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Atkinson notes that one of the high risk groups for suicide are survivors themselves, and that the holidays can be one of the hardest times.

The event begins at the Old Barn Hall at Country Roads RV at 11 a.m. with a pot luck lunch and the viewing of a taped panel discussion.

People can also participate live on www.survivorday.org

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