Suicide Attempt Survivors Support Group

This email is a reminder that the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) offers a support group for people who have survived a suicide attempt or who are struggling with persistent thoughts of suicide. Attached is a flyer about the group. We will be starting a new group in August, so if you know of anyone who may benefit from the group, feel free to share this information with them. Now is the time to enroll in the next group. 
Some basic information about group eligibility is listed below:
·         Potential members must be at least 18 years of age
·         Potential members should live in LA County or Orange County
·         Potential members should show the ability to relate to others and benefit from a group experience
·         Potential members should not be at imminent risk of suicide (individuals whose life may be at immediate risk from self-harm should call our crisis hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 911
·         The support group is free for all members through Prevention and Early Intervention funds from the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health; members do not need to be current DMH or Didi Hirsch clients
·         Potential members can call 1-310-895-2352 for more information about the group intake procedure, if you would like to refer someone to the group and have more questions, feel free to call me to discuss
As a national leader in the field of suicide prevention, SPC strives to implement innovative practices in providing suicide prevention services.  We believe that providing a support group for suicide attempt survivors is one way that we can do this. In 2007, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline formed a Consumer Subcommittee comprised of individuals who had previously attempted suicide to discuss their opinions on what would be helpful to someone who is thinking of suicide.  Many committee members indicated that a support group would be helpful.  SPC offered its first Support Group for Suicide Attempt Survivors in 2011. 
Again, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
Shari Sinwelski, MS/Ed.S.
Director of Program Development
Suicide Prevention Center – Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
4760 South Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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