Now, in its 10th year, the goal of National Survivors of Suicide Day is to connect survivors with others who have experienced this tragedy, and to provide support, healing and information.

Survivors of suicide loss can connect Saturday, Nov. 22, at sites in Lewiston and Portland for a national video presentation sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Lewiston office at 15 Strawberry Ave., is one site. Here, registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with the national video panel starting promptly at 1 p.m.

A short discussion with local providers will follow, and if participants wish, support sessions will be held following this discussion period. There is no cost to participate.

In Portland, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention conference events begin at 11:30 a.m. at the University Southern Maine Abromson Community Education Center, with check-in, a box lunch, and remarks by guest speaker Sgt. Robin Gauvin of the Portland Police Department at 1 p.m.

The national broadcast at begins 2:30 p.m., followed by break-out support sessions and a closing ceremony at about 5:15 p.m. Registration is required by Nov. 15 for catering purposes. The fee for the day is $25.

The national telecast may be seen on one’s home computer from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at www.afsp.org with an online chat immediately following, an additional forum connecting survivors in a supportive setting thus being available to survivors who are not able to participate in person.

The national segment of the conference will be archived and be available on www.afsp.org for an entire year to further extend its reach.

For more information on the Lewiston conference, or to register, contact Dennis Sicotte, AHCH bereavement coordinator, at 777-7740, ext. 1460. More information about AHCH can be found www.ahch.org.

For more information about AFSP’s National Survivors of Suicide Day in Portland, visit www.afsp.org or contact the Maine chapter area director at 822-9989 or [email protected]


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