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AFSP Survivor Outreach Program

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Survivor Outreach Program

 

After a suicide, those left behind often:

  • wonder if there is anyone out there that understands
  • need local resources for support
  • want reliable information about suicide and its aftermath, but aren't sure where to find it

Through AFSP's Survivor Outreach Program, trained local volunteers are on hand to:

  • meet in person with newly-bereaved survivors and their families
  • listen with compassion and offer reassurance that surviving a suicide loss is possible
  • recommend helpful things to read
  • provide information about support groups and other local resources

A sympathetic ear and a helping hand. Most survivors who have met others who have also experienced suicide loss can attest to the power of this shared connection. It is often a fellow survivor who can recommend a book, connect someone to a support group or another resource, or simply provide reassurance.

 

How do I request an outreach visit? Simply contact your local AFSP Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator. (See list below.) You'll be asked about your particular loss in order to match your request to a team of two trained volunteer survivors.  Soon after, one of the members of the outreach team will contact you to schedule the visit at a convenient and comfortable location of your choice. The visit generally lasts about an hour.

 

I know someone who is newly bereaved. Can I request an outreach visit for this person? Please feel free to contact your your local AFSP Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator for more information about the program and share that information with anyone who needs it.  But please understand that AFSP volunteers are only able to meet with bereaved families and friends who have personally requested a visit.

 

Is this a counseling service? No, this is not a mental health or counseling service. Outreach volunteers can provide information to the newly bereaved on how to find a qualified mental health professional.

 

 

TO A SUICIDE SURVIVOR

If someone has recently lost a loved one to suicide, the local office of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will coordinate a home visit with two trained suicide survivors.  The survivors, who will be at least 3 years past their loss, will provide support.

 

Definition of a Survivor

Dr. Jack Jordan says that if an individual identifies him/herself as a survivor, that is the most important criteria. His definition is: "A suicide survivor is someone who experiences a high level of self-perceived psychological, physical, and/or social distress for a considerable length of time as a result of the suicide of another person."

 

Directory of Survivor Outreach Program Coordinators

 

Long Island Coordinator:

Dale Camhi, Regional Director

(516) 869-4215, dcamhi@afsp.org

 

The Survivor Outreach Program is also available in many locations in the New York Metropolitan Area and surrounding states. AFSP is working hard to expand this program to as many local Chapters as possible. If you don't see your area listed, please email survivingusicideloss@afsp.org or call 212-363-3500, ext 33. We may be able to help you arrange a visit-by-phone with our Outreach Program volunteers.

 

New York

Capital Region: Marianne Reid, Volunteer

(518) 899-0021, mariannereid@hotmail.com

 

Central NY: Debra Graham, Volunteer

macdag0153@aol.com

 

Hudson Valley: Lisa Murray, Volunteer

(845) 758-6272, lisamurray2222@yahoo.com

 

Long Island: Dale Camhi, Regional Director

(516) 869-4215, dcamhi@afsp.org

 

New York City: Meredith Henning, Area Director

(718) 388-8649, mhenning@afsp.org

 

Westchester: Nan Tadler Winchell, Volunteer

(845) 661-4338, chinadoll16@comcast.net

 

Western NY: Renae Carapella, Area Coordinator

(585) 202-2783, rcarapella@afsp.org

 

OTHER STATES:

Connecticut

Southern CT (Fairfield County): Diane Saslow

(203) 380-0020, dlsco@aol.com

 

CT (Counties other than Fairfield): Kimberly Gleason, Division Director

1-800-979-AFSP (2377), kgleason@afsp.org

 

Massachusetts

Greater Boston Area: Kimberly Gleason, Division Director

1-800-979-AFSP (2377), kgleason@afsp.org

 

Western MASS: Mary Pat McMahon, Volunteer

(617) 439-0940, marypatm@comcast.net

 

Pennsylvania

Greater Philadelphia Area: Jennifer DiMarco, Volunteer

(610) 220-0488, jc.dimarco@verizon.net

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SUICIDE PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND POSTVENTION RESOURCE DIRECTORY FOR THE LONG ISLAND REGION
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