Today ends Suicide Prevention Week, but we’ll be living with the affects of suicide forever! Everyday, there are hundreds of thousands of victims who are dealing with various problems that result in suicide and as a result of that, families and loved ones are left with the fact that their loved one is gone; blaming themselves.
To focus on the acronym S.A.V.E., let’s recap:
“S” for Signs
“A” for Advocate
“V” for Victims
“E” for Everyone. Meaning EVERYONE is affected by suicide!
Here’s the breakdown, according to the CDC:
- A survivor of suicide is a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide.
- Surviving the loss of loved one to suicide is a risk factor for suicide. (Brent, 2010; Brent et. al., 2006)
- Surviving family members and close friends are deeply impacted by each suicide, and experience a range of complex grief reactions including, guilt, anger, abandonment, denial, helplessness, and shock (Jordon, 2001; AAS, 2008).
- No exact figure exists, but it is estimated that a median of between 6 and 32 survivors exist for each suicide, depending on the definition used. (Berman, 2011).
- According to another estimate, approximately 7% of the US population knew someone who died of suicide during the past 12 months. (Crosby and Sacks, 2002).
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