Middle Tennesseans who have lost someone to suicide are invited to an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2018 observance on Saturday, November 17.
The free event will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Franklin Vineyard Church, 308 Jordan Rd, Franklin.
Attendees can register for the event at https://afsp.org/survivor_day/franklin-tennessee-2/.
ISOSL Day activities will include two panel discussions, “Survivor, Experience, Advocacy,” and “Resolving the Whys of Suicide.” There will be loss-related breakout groups, a Hope and Healing art project, live music, therapy dogs, and a screening of AFSP’s compelling new documentary A Daughter’s Journey.
Hosted by the Tennessee chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the event is part of an international day of remembrance and healing for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
In 2017 there were nearly 400 locally organized ISOSL events held throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world.
Panel guests for “Survivor, Experience, Advocacy” are Vanessa Stalets-McDaniel, loss and lived experience survivor; Sumer Anelli, lived experience survivor; and AFSP Tennessee State Director Kat Cloud. Guests for the panel on “Resolving the Whys of Suicide” are Stephanie Boshea, loss survivor; and Brenda Williams-Denbo, loss survivor. The moderator for the panels will be Michelle Bauer, AFSP TN Board member and loss survivor.
AFSP TN’s partners in the event are Family & Children’s Service, Hope & Healing art project leader Rachel Murphy Norman, MA, ATR, of Family & Children’s Service, Birgit Cornelius, volunteer with National Crisis Response Canines, and musical segment guests Bruce Gaitsch and Tim Denbo, as well as Franklin Vineyard Church.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This is a remembrance event that may not be suitable for children under 13; no child care is provided.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day was founded in 1999 when U.S. Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father’s 1972 suicide, introduced and passed a resolution designating the Saturday before American Thanksgiving as “National Survivors of Suicide Day,” a day on which friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. In recognition of the fact that suicide knows no geographic or national boundaries and because Survivor Day events are organized around the world, AFSP’s program is called “International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.”