Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Community Blog

This blog is created for all who seek support as survivors of suicide and has been specifically created for those who attend the SOS Loss Support Group at Maine Medical Center's Dana Center the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm co-facilitated by Sandra Horne, LCSW and Robert Myers, LCPC. The blog is for thoughts, articles, and missives pertinent to suicide loss and recovery.

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Surviving the stigma of Suicide…

rad widow picWe offer here to all those who have suffered the terrible loss of a loved one to suicide the powerful words of a member of our SOS Loss Support Group.  Please click here to explore the witty, poignant, brash and at times elegant words of The Rad Widow.  Particularly astute is her rendering of coping, growing, and sharing in Surviving the Stigma of Suicide…

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Alliance of Hope

Sometimes in life, events occur that fracture the very foundation on which we stand. Our life, as we have known it, is forever changed and we find ourselves in an unexpected struggle, first just to survive and then to move forward.

"Rememberance" Photo Courtesy of Henning MühlinghausThe Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide. We hope that you will find resources here to help you deal with, and eventually heal from, what may well be the worst pain you will ever feel.

Go here for more information about this wonderful organization that is located in Evanston, Illinois.

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Mariel Hemingway speaks out about suicide in her family, prevention of suicide, and other pertinent mental health issues.

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“Preventing suicide is about much more than reaching out only when someone’s in a crisis and is in imminent danger of killing themselves.

“The best prevention starts long before that, in stopping people from becoming suicidal in the first place, said Dr. Eric Caine, co-director of the URMC Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide.

“But to do that, people in our society must become more willing and open to talking freely about mental illness.

“Making that happen is the aim of author and actress Mariel Hemingway, who visited the University of Rochester Medical Center on Saturday. Her grandfather, literary icon Ernest Hemingway, committed suicide in 1961, and her sister, Margaux, a model and actress, died of a drug overdose in 1996.”

To read the remainder of this terrific article click here.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) needs your help to organize the 2013 walk!

Most of our walks are organized by survivors and supporters like you.  We are looking for a new volunteer Walk Chair to work with the Maine Chapter and the AFSP national office to continue to raise awareness and funds for AFSP programs in your community!
Over the past several years walks have been held throughout Maine enabling us to provide programs and volunteer opportunities in these communities.
We need YOU to help plan the 2013 Portland ME Out of the Darkness Community Walk!
If you would like to take on a leadership role with the walk, please contact Kimberly Gleason at or 978.568.0818.