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Suicide Survivor Support

Those individuals whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide are referred to as "survivors". Trained staff and a Peer Survivor facilitate all groups.

Learn more about our suicide survivor support program

Closed Suicide Survivor Support Group

This is an 8 week closed Support Group for individuals grieving the loss of someone special who died of suicide. The focus of the support group is to better understand the uniqueness of the grief associated with suicide. Each week we discuss and share our feelings and experiences related to specific topics. Group members must be 18 and older. The group is open to both men and women. The minimum loss period is 6 months. For more information and registration, please contact us @ 905-430-3511 or via email at dustin@distresscentredurham.com

The support group will be on Wednesday evenings. For 2017 dates, click here.

For 2018 dates, click here.

For more details about the Suicide Survivor Support Group, click here for our new brochure.

    The following topics will be discussed:
  • Welcome and grieving process
  • Sharing our stories
  • Guilt and regret
  • Anger and blame
  • Relationships and support networks
  • Coping strategies and self care
  • Crisis plan and future supports
  • What comes next?

Suicide Survivor "Drop In" Support Group

For details about the Suicide Survivor "Drop In" Support Group in 2017, click here and for 2018 click here.

Support Group Testimonials:

This group has been the best form of therapy. I have received since my loved ones suicide. I have told everyone I know what great things the Distress Centre does. I strongly recommend this group to all suicide survivors. It certainly wasn't a group I ever wanted to be a part of but fortunately for me it was here and I found it very rewarding......Nicole

I found the level of genuine caring and leadership and information to be comforting and very helpful. The facilitators have made this a very positive and rewarding time for me. I feel that this is helping propel me forward. Thank you.....Sonja

Within the group I came to be with others like myself. Other survivors that could read the meaning in my tears. The look in everyone's eyes seemed to say, "we already know", even when only a few words were spoken. I knew I wasn't alone in this and began to feel safe. Within my pain and emotional chaos I learned what I was experiencing was only natural...... Christine

I came looking for someone to give me the answer to suicide and to why I felt the way I did. What I found was exceptional support and the understanding to better assist me in finding comfort within myself. The group let me know that I was not alone and that others felt the same as I did. Being able to connect others that knew exactly what I was going through and could understand was a great comfort. I gained some great friendships and understanding in the group. The support and compassion I received allowed me to find "me" again. Thank you DCD...... Donna

Trained support staff can also provide community referral and support network information. The resource centre materials (books, periodicals, videos etc.) are available to be borrowed. Further information can be obtained by calling 905-430-3511