Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has created a 2-day training designed to prepare those
interested in developing and facilitating the Survivors of Suicide Attempts Support Group.
Training participants will learn techniques for assessing and managing risk and will gain a thorough
understanding of the structure and content of the group as described in The Manual for Support
Groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors.
Limited to the first 24 people to register.
Early-bird registration closes January 10.
Shari Sinwelski, MS/Ed.S., has been working in the field of suicide prevention since 1994 and currently serves as the Associate Project Director for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where she oversees networks operations and best practices for its network of 165 crisis centers. She founded one of the nation’s first Survivors of Suicide Attempt’s support group and co-authored the accompanying training manual which has recently been accepted to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry.
Individuals who have training or experience in providing suicide intervention
Individuals who have experience facilitating support groups or other group activities
Individuals whose beliefs and attitudes about suicide align with the mission and values of the description of the group below
The time after a suicide attempt can be very confusing and filled with lots of conflicting emotions. Typically the pain and problems that lead a person to consider suicide are still present and are compounded by reactions of family and friends. Many attempt survivors feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty about their attempt. Some feel angry that they are still alive. Others are grateful that they survived and are determined to find the reasons they are still here.
Because of the discrimination and prejudice associated with suicide, many suicide attempt survivors feel very alone and don’t know where to turn. Talking with others who have similar experiences can be an important part of healing after a suicide attempt. Didi Hirsch's Survivor of Suicide Attempt Support groups offer a safe, non-judgmental place for people to talk about the feelings that led them to attempt suicide and to talk about the impact that their attempt had on their lives.
Groups are typically composed of five to eight people who have survived a suicide attempt or who are struggling with persistent thoughts of suicide. The same people will be in a group for the entire eight weeks; it is not a "drop-in" group. This allows group members to develop safe, secure bonds with each other, thereby improving their healing process.
Groups are facilitated by a therapist with expertise in suicide intervention. Often, there are members who have completed several cycles of the eight week group, who can serves as mentors to newer members.
Group meetings provide a time for members to discuss the challenges and successes that they are facing following their suicide attempt. Members can share stories and strategies for survival. The facilitators will lead discussions to help members better recognize what led to their suicide attempt and incorporate other ways to relieve the pain that may have led to their attempt.
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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, P.O. Box 440311, Aurora, CO 80044-0311