Survivors of suicide share stories, work for closure

Eight people gathered at the Callaway County Health Department to honor loved ones affected by suicide and to gain greater knowledge of the subject on Saturday for the International Survivors of Suicide Day. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) sponsored the event, which allowed those who have lost someone from suicide, also referred to as suicide survivors, to network, share experiences and seek advice.

Melody Seiger, AFSP Field Advocate for the county, started off the event with her own story. Seiger lost her mother to suicide when she was a teenager, and now she tells of her experience to help others. She said she sometimes asks herself if what she’s doing is making a difference and she is reassured when people thank her. Some of those people, Seiger said, tell her she’s motivated them to find mental health help.

After sharing her story on Saturday, Seiger played a video from the AFSP which featured more stories from suicide survivors who have lost a son, husband, brother, mother or partner. The video was played internationally. It brought up questions such as — Is suicide preventable and how? — and — Why did my loved one commit suicide?

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