Finding out that a loved one suicided is like being hit by an emotional tsunami. The aftershock and devastation to loved ones left behind is gut-wrenching. A listener emailed and asked for resources. Here is the best in the nation:
1) The Link Counseling Center – phone: 404-256-9797, email: www.thelink.org. The Link was founded by Iris Bolton who wrote, My Son, My Son, after her son suicided. Iris has devoted the last 30 years of her life to helping others heal.
2) Compassionate Friends (CF) – www.compassionatefriends.ca is a national resource for bereaved parents who have lost a child at any age for any cause. Go to either The Link or CF website to find a local chapter near you.
3) Suicide Crisis Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Always take the mention of suicide seriously! Listen to this podcast for more suggestions on what to do.