Support Group for Survivors (people who have lost someone to suicide)
Please call if you are interested in attending a new group-Understanding Your Loss will be starting later this fall. After the first or second meeting, it is a closed group. Space is limited. The group is facilitated by Deb Beauchamp-Turner, a local counsellor. To register, call the office and leave a message at 780-539-6680.
SPRC also has a drop-in Suicide Loss Support Group that has made a lot of difference to the people who have attended, giving a chance to share their stories with others who've been through a suicide loss and suggesting tools for coping. This group meets at the SPRC office in Nordic Court the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. It is also facilitated by a counsellor.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Centre offers support to anyone in our service area (Grande Cache to Fairview, the BC border to Fox Creek, including the City and County of Grande Prairie) who has lost someone to suicide. We can also provide you with information and referral to support services and let you know about special events.
Information on coping with grieving is available by calling the Centre at 780-539-6680.
International Survivors of Suicide Day
International Survivors of Suicide Day - November 22, 2014
We are connected by a shared trauma, and we are survivors. We survive because we have support and hope. For anyone who was supporting someone through their grief journeyor who has lost someone dear to you to suicide...
Was held at the Old Barn Hall At Country Roads RV. A supportive event with a DVD panel discussion, potluck lunch, and other activities- an event that others around the globe do at the same time. Connecting as Survivors.
World Suicide Prevention Day 2014
Event Details for September 10 and September 13:
● Coffee Chat: Suicide Prevention Resource Centre (SPRC) and Esquires Coffee House – West Side location. Chatting over coffee on September 10th as part of an Alberta campaign: “Start the Conversation, Keep Him Here.”
● From Darkness to Light Walk 6:00 am September 13th at the Dunes Golf and Winter Club was an opportunity for people to walk for someone you care about or someone you lost, walk for yourself or someone you know suffering with a mental illness, or in support of the cause. The Dunes provided a continental breakfast after the walk. The walk finished about 7:30 am walking out of the darkness and toward the rising sun.
● SPRC was at the Grande Prairie Regional College September 10 for the Student Association's "Surviving the City" displays. International Activities (SPRC did not coordinating these locally, but invited the public to join people participating in these activities around the world. Check links for details):
● Lighting a candle near a window at 8 pm to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one lost through suicide, and for the survivors of suicide - September 10. http://www.iasp.info/wspd/2014_wspd_activities.php
● Cycle Around the Globe for World Suicide Prevention Day. The challenge was to collectively cycle the circumference of the globe, 40,075 km or 24,900 miles, and to have participants cycling on every continent. http://www.iasp.info/wspd/cycle_around_the_globe.php
● Take 5 To Save Lives: A virtual event https://www.facebook.com/take5tosavelives All HEAR workshops are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This workshop can be delivered in house or on request for any group of 6 or more (maximum 15)
Location: SPRC Training Room, #201, 11402 -100 Street
(across 100 Street from Safeway, south of Ernie's, north of Doug Marshall, in the same building as the Fireplace Guys and Midwest Surveys).
Fee: $100 (negotiable)
The development of this workshop by SPRC staff was made possible by funding from Community Social Development, City of Grande Prairie.
Workshop Registration Form (pdf)
International Survivors' Day
International Survivors' Day Saturday - November 16th, 2013
The event was held at the Oldtimers' Cabin at Evergreen Park with a potluck lunch, a DVD presentation from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and some informal time.
Faris Jean Atkinson with the Centre says it's a good opportunity to celebrate the lives of those lost, rather than focus on how they passed away. "It seems like when people think about your loved one they remember how they died first. To be able to talk about your loved one and what they meant to you, what they meant to the world, is another way to help heal." Atkinson says the event will offer support, and opportunities to share, or just listen to other's experiences and how they've dealt with similar loss.
Everyone is welcome, whether the loss is recent or happened years ago.