I’m a Survivor

Experts estimate that each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people. Based on the 805,286 suicides from 1987 through 2011, it is estimated that the number of survivors of suicides in the U.S. is 4.8 million (1 of every 64 Americans).


I LEARNED TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN BY HELPING OTHERS
By Mark Schantzer

My mission in life is to promote the awareness and the prevention of suicide. It has been 3 years since I lost my son Desmond. I still cry. I visit the cemetery every single day. I pray for him. I ask why…

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TWENTY YEARS LATER, PAIN AND MEMORIES
Submitted anonymously

The last time I saw my brother Chris was the day before he ended his life with a gun. A mother shouldn’t lose her only son one week before Mother’s Day. A grandmother shouldn’t lose her only grandson the day before her birthday, but mine did.

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LEARNING TO LIVE AFTER SUICIDE
By Kevin Eberle, Survivors of Suicide Support Group Facilitator

October 31, 1986, changed my life forever. It is the day my best friend Connie chose to end her life. I had just called to tell her I’d picked up our train tickets for Florida. We were going to Disney World that upcoming Thanksgiving. The next day she was dead in her garage by carbon-monoxide poisoning.

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REMEMBERING MY DAD
By Deborah Graham

My Dad was the only child of a broken marriage. Many times he told me “my Father never did anything for me, but he didn’t do anything against me either. He was just my Father.” I believe that my Dad’s childhood played a significant role in the man he was to become. Dad could be described as outspoken, hard to please, unhappy, controlling, and somewhat of a loner. He certainly wasn’t the “optimist” he said he was. However, I also know that he could be a giving person as well and I know that he always meant well regardless of his demeanor.

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