Posted on September 16, 2019 · Posted in Uncategorized
NEW PROGRAM: Healing Conversations
Personal Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss
Healing Conversations gives those who have lost someone to suicide the opportunity to talk with our experienced volunteers. These AFSP volunteers, who are themselves survivors of suicide loss, offer understanding and guidance in the weeks and months following a suicide death.
Available in person, on the phone or by video chat, our volunteers are familiar with the isolation that so often accompanies a death of this kind, and are able to show suicide loss survivors a way forward into a world of support, by creating an opportunity for the newly bereaved to speak openly with, and ask questions of, someone who has been there, too, and truly gets it.
When someone contacts us to request a conversation, we will ask them some questions about their loss, so that we may match them with a suitable volunteer who has experienced a similar loss. Their peer support volunteer will contact them to schedule a conversation at a convenient time and, in the case of in-person visits, at a comfortable location of the person’s choice.
Healing Conversations is now available through the AFSP Greater Los Angeles and Central Coast Chapter.
Contact us to schedule a conversation
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Our trained peer support volunteers are all suicide loss survivors themselves who know firsthand how difficult it can be to find your way in the aftermath of a suicide. Submit a short online form to request a meeting in person, by phone or by video call.
Reach out to a local coordinator
Questions or concerns related to scheduling a meeting with one of our trained volunteers? Below you will find contact information for your local Healing Conversations Coordinators.
Dr. Lauren Walton, volunteer
Robert Stohr, MFT, volunteer

About the Author

Becki Norton, M.Ed. is a co-founder of HopeNet, Carpinteria resident, and School Psychologist with the Carpinteria Unified School District.