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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.