About 35,000 Americans die by suicide each year. That’s one person every 15 minutes.
In Kansas, it’s one person every day.
On Nov. 19, International Survivors of Suicide Day, the community is invited to attend a workshop in Lawrence about suicide prevention and suicide bereavement support.
Participants will have the opportunity to view a national broadcast of a discussion among survivors and mental health professionals. The national broadcast will be followed by discussion with a panel of survivors from the community.
Marcia Epstein, director of Headquarters Counseling Center, said participants will leave with a better understanding of the impact of suicide loss, and how to be helpful to those who are bereaved.
The event will be:
• From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.
• At First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt., in Brady Fellowship Hall.
• Reservations are encouraged but not required, and can be done by emailing Epstein at email@example.com.
Here are links to stories from last year's event:
• 62-year-old Anita Burkhalter, of Lawrence, talks about the loss of her husband after 23 years of marriage.
• 43-year-old Karen Smart, of Lawrence, talks about the loss of her 15-year-old son.