American Foundation for Suicide Prevention launches survivors outreach program with local coordinators

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:34

    Warwick — The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has created a survivor outreach program, which sends specially trained volunteers who are survivors themselves to visit with those who are recently bereaved. Visits are made upon request only and volunteers provide information about local resources, including support groups, healing conferences and suggested reading materials. They will also listen, share their own experiences and offer reassurance that surviving suicide loss is possible. “When you lose a loved one to suicide, it can feel like no one really understands what you’re going through. Survivors often feel like they are alone,” said Joanne Harpel, the foundation’s senior director for public affairs in a press release announcing the new program and its Hudson Valley connections. “(The foundation’s) trained volunteer survivors have been there, so they can offer invaluable support, information and reassurance.” Essential information This program is currently offered through several foundation chapters nationwide, including, the Hudson Valley Chapter. Those interested in scheduling a visit should visit for more information. Contacts: Judy Battista, Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator-HV Maria Idoni, HV Area Director 914-417-7993