Survivors of Suicide Loss Need Support

A survivor of suicide loss is someone who lost a family member, friend or loved one due to suicide.
Roughly 20 people are directly and seriously impacted by each suicide (Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force, 2015). And survivors of suicide loss often suffer from shame, rejection, guilt, depression, abandonment and shock amid suicide’s aftermath.
In 2018, there were 140 suicides in Nova Scotia (Government of Nova Scotia, 2018), meaning an estimated 2,800 Nova Scotians were seriously affected by suicide’s aftermath in 2018.
Nova Scotia lacks—and urgently needs—a province-wide, government-led suicide prevention strategy that includes help for people struggling with suicide’s aftermath.
Dr. Simon Sherry discussed suicide and suicide’s consequences with John DeMont of the Chronicle Herald.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call 911 or Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 1-888-429-8167.
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