International Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. In 2016, there were over 350 Survivor Day events in 18 countries. We were very happy to offer the first annual local International Survivor Day event here in the four county area.
On Saturday November 18, 2017 thirty-five area survivors of suicide loss gathered at St. John’s Lutheran Church, just south of Archbold, Ohio. The event included a screening of The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope, as well as The Journey Revisited, in which six of the original Journey participants gather three years later to reflect on how their grief and healing journey is evolving. In addition to viewing the films, local survivors Teresa May and Sandra Manon shared their stories of loss and healing. Participants also had the chance to connect with other survivors during guided discussion groups, as well as an opportunity to honor those lost to suicide. Lunch was provided free of charge, with sponsorship of this first annual event provided by the Four County ADAMhs Board and the Four County Suicide Prevention Coalition.