Survivors of Suicide Loss Gather in Powell
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 17, 2017
An event in Powell tomorrow may provide comfort to people who have lost a loved one to suicide.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day will be commemorated at Grace Point Church in Powell. According to Dr. Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, who has dedicated much of her career to suicide prevention, the event may give some comfort to people whose lives have been touched by suicide.
According to Park County Coroner Tim Power, so far this year, 10 people in Park County have chosen to take their own lives. Power says that this is not an unusual number at this point in the year. He also noted that there seems to be no specific demographic group that is more or less affected – people who choose to end their own lives come from all age ranges and economic status. Additionally, he says there is no time of year in which people are more prone to attempt suicide – it happens year round.
Kimball Croft with the Park County Public Health Office says that for many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event, such as the one being held in Powell tomorrow, is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide.