Summit County Government

Posted on: November 10, 2016

Survivor Day Helps Those Affected by Suicide Nov. 19

Save the Date, November 19, Survivor Day

Event provides support and highlights resources for people who have lost loved ones to suicide

Contact:
Kellyn Glynn, Healthy Futures Initiative
970-668-4035, kellyn.glynn@summitcountyco.gov

SUMMIT COUNTY – Healthy Futures Initiative’s Suicide Prevention Action Team (SPAT) and the Summit Foundation’s Patti Casey Memorial Fund are partnering to host a local Survivor Day event in Summit County from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, Nov. 19. Survivor Day is an opportunity for anyone affected by suicide, in any capacity, to find connection, resources and healing.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, provides resources and support to local hosts of the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day at events worldwide. Survivor Day allows people affected by suicide loss to gather at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding. The events are free and open to the public.

"Losing my mom to suicide has been one of the most devastating things I have ever walked through,” said Betsy Casey, daughter of Summit County local Patti Casey. “It created a sense of isolation and aloneness, because it was a loss that many people were not able to relate to. Yet the moment I attended my first suicide support group, I felt connected and understood.”

Survivor Day gatherings worldwide, including the event in Summit County, will include a screening of “Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss,” a new documentary that traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss over time. Summit County’s event will also include two break-out sessions: a yoga-and-meditation healing class hosted by local yoga instructor Leslie Glenn, and an art therapy processing group led by Summit Community Care Clinic therapist Susan Preuss.

Participants will also have the opportunity to talk together and share their stories as a group. A certified therapy dog will be on site to provide emotional support.

“I have found that through connection and togetherness, I’m able find strength and healing,” Betsy Casey said. “The Suicide Survivor Day events will provide just that – connection, healing and love. I look forward to attending this event."

Survivor Day in Summit County will be held at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco; complimentary coffee, bagels and fruit will be provided.

“Our hope is to open doors to all those affected by suicide loss in our community,” said Healthy Futures Initiative Program Coordinator Kellyn Glynn. “Whether it be direct or indirect, the more we talk about it, and the more people who come together around this topic, the better. The event will also be beneficial to those who are looking for ways to help friends, family members or others who’ve been through a suicide loss.”

Anyone interested in attending Summit County’s Survivor Day event is asked to RSVP at afsp.org/survivor_day/frisco-co/.

Healthy Futures Initiative and the Patti Casey Memorial Fund will also host local wellness events during the holiday season and beyond to promote community connection, emotional well-being and support to Summit County residents and visitors.

Healthy Futures Initiative's SPAT and the Patti Casey Memorial Fund are dedicated to helping those in need of support, compassion and healing.

Healthy Futures Initiative developed a suicide prevention action team in 2014 to help address the issue of suicide prevention and intervention in Summit County. The SPAT team includes representatives from Summit County Youth and Family Services, Breckenridge Police Department/Town of Breckenridge, Summit School District, Summit Community Care Clinic, Mind Springs Health, Summit County Public Health, Summit County Coroner, FIRC, Advocates for Victims Assault, Summit County Human Services and Centura Health.

The Patti Casey Fund was established in memory of long-time Summit County resident Patti Casey. It is the family’s intention to dedicate this fund to help Summit County address mental health issues. The memorial fund supports individuals needing treatment for substance abuse, depression and suicide prevention.

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