Survivors of suicide stick together

By Brandi Miller, staff reporter.

On Nov. 19 the organization Survivors of Suicide gathered together at the Bavarian Inn Lodge to commemorate International Survivors of Suicide Day. The afternoon was packed with speakers, lunch, and panels to help loved ones cope.

SOS is a support group for families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide. This group helps people cope and learn to grow from their experience. The organization is trying to break the stigma about suicide and they want to inform the community and help others realize that people need help and support when they are feeling down.

Michelle (real name withheld), one of the members of SOS and speaker on the panel, explained how this organization has helped her, she says, “everyone is the room has gone or is going through the same thing. It’s a good way to get educated on depression.”

The organization meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday each month at the State St. United Methodist Church in Saginaw.

If you want to contact Barb Smith, organization leader, her number is (989)-781-5260 or email her at [email protected]. If you ever feeling depressed or suicidal please call the national helpline at 1-800-TALK.

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