The SOS suicide support group offers help for those family and friends who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Death falls upon humans like that of a raindrop, and is a solemn time for family and friends, a time when grief changes the mind and body. Having family or friends taken before their time is even harder to deal with; yet having a loved one commit suicide, can be an even more difficult tragedy to deal with. The SOS suicide support group offers help for those family and friends who have suffered such a loss. Staying strong amidst the chaos
“Suicide grief is very complicated, and a peer support group can offer the comfort and support that is needed. In March 2008, four years ago I lost my son to suicide. These groups really helped me get through it,” Janet Turley, director, dental assisting program said.
SOS stands for Survivor of Suicide. It is a support group that works throughout Oklahoma and other states to bring together people who have a shared pain of losing someone to suicide.
“Although the number of survivors is difficult to calculate, conservative estimates indicate that there are six survivors for every completed suicide. Based on data from 1983 to 2007, we can estimate that the number of survivors in the U.S. is approximately 4.6 million. An estimated 207,588 survivors of suicide were added in 2007.” – sosoklahoma.org
Meeting to heal
The RSC SOS group meets at 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month in the Tom Steed building, Rm. 108. There are also meetings from 6:30-7:45 p.m. every Monday at Crossings Community Church, Room 225, 14600 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK, 73134.
The groups have lots of reading materials that help when people are in the first stages of grief and have trouble interacting with others. The group also does a home visit for the newly bereaved so that they do not have to be alone and can find comfort in others who have been where they are.
There is help
Cathy Bates started the SOS Oklahoma chapter, and can be contacted at 405-213-5061 for more information. Janet Turley can also be contacted at 405-733-7598 for more information. Rose State also has its own certified counselors who can help with finding resources, or to talk, they can be contacted at 405-733-7373.