Historically, people have believed that it was too dangerous to offer peer-to-peer support groups focused on the topic of suicide without a clinician present. There are many myths and fears around this sort of group and around suicide in general. However, as a community we have found strength in coming together to talk about many ‘taboo’ topics and to support one another in our times of greatest distress. Our collective wisdom and individual stories have taught us that the space to come together in this way can be powerful and healing. It is out of this work and learning that the Alternatives to Suicide approach was born.
The opportunity to talk openly about suicide and feelings of deep emotional distress with others who have or are experiencing similar struggles can be a powerful way to support people to move through those darkest places. During groups, people share their successes and their challenges, provide support for one another and strategize and share ideas for coping with difficult life circumstances. People are encouraged to come both in times of strength and challenge. Individuals need not identify as being in ‘crisis’ in order to attend.
The groups will focus on connection (relationship-building) and exploration (putting our suicidal thoughts in context and discerning our unique paths forward). We will reclaim the notion of being able to name difficult themes/emotions and hold them safely. Meaningful connections are built by sharing our individual stories rather than by identifying a common diagnostic code in our medical charts.
This is a group, launching on December 9, 2019 in Warrington for people who are thinking about dying, or are trying to support someone else who is in that place.
Group launches on Wednesday, February 5, 2020
When: 1st and 3rd Wedneday of each month from 6:30-8pm
Where: Re:Vivals Outreach Center – 4 S. Ridge Road, Perkasie, PA 18944
Cost: Free, no RSVP required
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