Support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
You have recently lost a loved one to suicide. Your feelings of grief, sadness, shock, isolation, anger and guilt may seem overwhelming. You may wonder if you will ever recover. These are normal responses.
There is help from others who, like you, have experienced this tragedy. They want to help you recover and, most of all, they want you to know that you are not alone.
Survivors Helping Survivors (SHS) support groups are open to all family members and friends of a loved one who has completed suicide. People of all ages, occupations, and religious affiliations are welcome. There is no fee and you are welcome to attend as often as you would like.
For more information about groups throughout Wisconsin:
MHA Support Group Directory: Under Category select "Survivors of Suicide" and enter your zip code (adjust the number of miles to widen your seach. You will also find a category for "Grief" support groups.
HOPES (Helping Others Prevent and Educate about Suicide): Provides a listing of survivors of suicide loss support groups throughout the state.
SHS Groups hosted by MHA in Milwaukee : For information about the groups that MHA offers in Milwaukee, contact MHA's Suicide Prevention & Outreach Coordinator at (414) 336-7970, or by email, or use our Contact Form.
Coping After a Suicide: Downloadable brochure from Families for Depression Awareness
HOPES (Helping Others Prevent and Educate about Suicide) Survivor Handbook An downloadable booklet featuring materials specific to those who have lost someone to suicide. For example, explaining suicide to children, loss of a child, handling holidays or other special days, guidelines for your friends in the aftermath of your loved one's suicide, recommended reading, and more.
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee: A coalition with the goal of reducing the number of attempted and completed suicides that take place each year in our community by raising awareness, increasing education and providing support.
Suicide in America: Frequently Asked Questions: A downloadable brochure from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Resource and Healing Guide (From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) A downloadable booklet that includes practical information about coping with suicide loss, personal survivor stories, articles on bereavement, resource listings and an extensive bibliography. (Large PDF file. May be slow to open.)
Suicide Grief: Healing After a Loved Ones Suicide: Downloadable handout
Griefwords: Resources for Mourners and Caregivers These thoughtful articles from Froedert & The Medical College of Wisconsin provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.
The Compassionate Friends Grief support after the death of a child.
Camp HOPE, Weekend camp for grieving children and teenagers.
The Dougy Center, A web site providing support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.