STRATHMORE REGIONAL VICTIM SERVICES
IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY OR ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER PLEASE CALL 911
Suicide & Grieving
When someone you love dies by suicide you are left in shock, disbelief and confusion. A suicide death is traumatic and can leave someone feeling over whelmed and unable to cope. People respond to traumatic events in their own way, according to their individual coping skills, past experiences and supports.
Grief after a suicide is complicated by feelings of:
• Shock and disbelief;
• Anger and helplessness;
• Guilt and shame;
• Depression and sadness;
• Not knowing why the person committed suicide.
As you grieve you will experience a range of thoughts and emotions. It may be helpful to speak to others who have also lost a loved one to suicide.
SRVSS has trained advocates who will provide you with support and information to assist you during this difficult time. Advocates may be requested by the RCMP to attend your residence, at the scene or another location.
If you have not been contacted by Victim Services and you wish to speak with someone, please contact SRVSS at 403-934-6552.
Distress Centre (24 Hr Crisis Line)
Centre for Suicide Prevention - Resources
Preventing Suicide -Canadian Mental Health Assoc.
Understanding Mental Illness - Suicide CMHA
Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide, Family and Friends
After a Suicide - A Practical and Personal Guide for Survivors
After A Suicide A Practical and Personal Guide For Survivors of Suicide Loss
After Suicide – Toolkit For Schools
Critical Incident Stress Management Info
Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention
If you or someone you know is suicidal and has means and a plan to end their life Call 911