Sep 03 2007

Survivors of Suicide: family, friends, and significant others

Published by at 5:13 pm under Counseling & Psychotherapy,Suicide

The Center for Disease Control (CDC)Â and the American Suicidology Association estimate that for every completed suicide there are 6 survivors. Therefore, in the last 25 years there have been approximately 25 million survivors of suicide.

Survivors here is defined as those parents, siblings, children, other family members and friends who survive after a person commits suicide.

The grief and loss experienced by survivors is often very intense. Common feelings are shock, guilt, despair, confusion, self-blame, abandonment, among many others.

The path to recovery for survivors is complicated and there is no specific time frame.


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