Suicide support group to continue local meetings

Group's purpose is to share experiences related to coping as survivor of loved one's suicide.
Scott Seitz2
Dec 17, 2013

Beginning in January, North Central Survivors of Suicide Support Group (NCSOS) will meet at Sheri's Coffee House on Whittlesey Avenue in Norwalk.

NCSOS is an exclusively peer-led suicide survivors support group. While there are other suicide survivor support groups that meet in several local cities, none are completely peer-led. The significance and benefit of such a group are that each facilitator shares with the members a common bond of losing a loved one to suicide, as well as providing a consistent, long-term network of support for survivors.

The purpose of NCSOS is to share the experiences related to coping as a survivor of a loved one's suicide, as well as provide a safe environment where members can express the wide range of emotions associated with the loss. As a group facilitated by other survivors, giving professional advice and counseling services are strictly prohibited, though resources readily available to survivors in need of professional services.

The support group will meet the first Monday of every month, beginning Jan. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Sheri's Coffee House located at 27 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk. Meetings continue to be held in Tiffin on the third Monday of each month as well at Mercy Tiffin Hospital from 7 to 8:30 pm.

NCSOS is listed on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) and the American Association of Suicidology (www.suicidology.org) websites under the support group categories. A Facebook group has also been created for members to stay informed on upcoming events and can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/NCSOS. Any questions or concerns can be sent to the group's email address: northcentralsos@gmail.com.

Norwalk meeting dates for 2014 are Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

Comments

heartofgold

Thank you for posting this article! We hope to help many people through this group.

wowsers

I've been waiting a long time to come across something like this. I have lost a handful of friends to suicide. You can count that ill be there!

truckin

WOW..handful of friends? Sorry to hear..but...What kind of friends are you hanging with? Is it a social thing? drug thing? Job thing? spouse thing?
I personally can not think of any friends or family that has committed suicide. Ever?
Sad thing for sure, but you make it sound like it is a way of life..

wowsers

At least 5 people in my graduating class commited suicide all of which I was good friends with one of which was my very best friend. Beginning in 2003 and the most recent one last month. Not a way of life. These are people who needed help. It is a horrible way to go.

wowsers

People do not realize how common suicide is. Mainly because no one talks about it. Its not listed in the obituary as they hung themself or walked out in front of a train, therefore no one knows how they really died. Depression and mental illness are the number one cause of suicide. Someone not getting the help they need or not understanding they need help and believeing their only way out is to end it all. When you hurt that bad it is hard to think of anything else to make it stop.

heartofgold

wowsers - I'm am so sorry to hear of your losses! It is obvious that there is a great divide among persons that have lost someone to suicide and those that have not. It's one of those things that once you experience a loss in that manner, your eyes are opened and you'll never view life/death/etc the same. I cannot wait to meet you.

truckin - I appreciate your interest in this subject and truly feel you are blessed to have never lost someone you love to suicide. It is not something I'd wish on my worst enemy.