The pain, grief and sense of loss following the suicide of a loved one can be a lot to handle for the people they leave behind.
To help family and friends move forward, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is holding a special event on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day this Saturday.
The CMHA’s V. Joy Pavelich said the event is meant to help build a sense of community among those who have lost friends and family to suicide.
“Suicide is extremely complex, so the path forward after a suicide … is very complex and very individual,” said Pavelich. “There can be a huge sense of isolation for survivors who deal with stigma and worry about sharing their story, so this is a very safe place for people to come.”