After Suicide

When someone you love has taken their own life, you want to know – “why?” It is important to know that more than 90-95% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental illness. You may feel alone, shocked, abandoned, guilty, responsible, angry, and a multitude of emotions that can change often even from one moment to the next. But each response is unique to your own grief journey. There is no right or wrong, its just what you feel.

Suicide is a tragedy, but you don’t have to walk this journey alone.


Survivors of Suicide support group

When someone you love dies by suicide, you may need a place to share your feelings, thoughts, and experiences. For some, part of healing is in meeting others who understand, can offer support, strength, and hope. Suicide can make you feel alone and isolated. Just knowing that there are others who have survived this traumatic experience can be comforting. In addition to support, our group offers the community a lending library, resources, speakers, and referrals.

The Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network support group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30pm. State Street United Methodist Church, 3617 Mackinaw St., Saginaw, MI 48602. (Use Jazzercise entrance.) The support group is offered free of charge. For more information, contact Barb Smith at 989-781-5260 or email us at



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