Consortium to host broadcast of suicide survivor roundtable

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008

JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Department on Saturday, Nov. 22, will join more than 130 other sites nationwide to host a teleconference for the 10th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. at Conference Rooms A and B at the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center (bottom floor), 3245 Hospital Drive. The national webcast event runs from 9-10:30 a.m. and it features a national panel discussion featuring a group of experienced survivors and behavioral health professionals.

After the national webcast ends, each of the local conference sites will hold local and regional discussions using satellite and Internet broadcast technology. Several local conference sites have scheduled additional activities, such as healing circles, breakout groups and local panel discussions.

National Survivors of Suicide Day is designed to support those people who have lost a loved one to suicide, giving survivors a chance to share their experiences and be supported in their loss. It's also a chance to get information about resources for healing.

"This national day is both meaningful and helpful to the survivors that participate," SEARHC Behavioral Health Therapist Cathy Wellwood said. "It is a day of remembrance that provides survivors with a unique avenue to connect with others who have survived this tragedy of suicide loss."

For those who can't attend Saturday's event in Juneau, they can access the program through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Web site, (in the purple navigation bar on the left, click the Surviving Suicide Loss link and then the National Survivors of Suicide Day link for more information and a link to a registration page to view the broadcast). For those participating on the Web, an online chat will follow the event. A recording from the 2007 roundtable has been posted on the AFSP site.

For more information, please call SEARHC Behavioral Health Case Manager Amalia Monreal at 463-6646, SEARHC Clinical Psychologist Destiny Sargeant at 463-4087, or project coordinator James Gallanos of the state Office of Prevention and Early Intervention Services at 465-8536. In Klawock, contact SEARHC Community Family Service Worker Anna Trudeau at 755-4952 for information about a similar event being planned on Prince of Wales Island.

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