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Locals Find Comfort on International Suicide Survivor Day

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention claimed Saturday to bring awareness to survivors of suicide and prevention methods. This cause is being recognized around the world Northeast Indiana.
"I found my daughter, called 911, attempted to resuscitate her. From that point on, it was a matter of processing everything that happened and attempting to make a change." - Sherri Drake
 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has claimed today to bring awareness to survivors of suicide and prevention methods. This cause is being recognized around the world Northeast Indiana. A local group is voicing their personal stories with each other because it's something they say needs to be addressed more in the community.

"For every one person lost from suicide, there are many survivors within the outskirts of that person’s community," says Sherri Drake, a suicide survivor who lost a family member.

Drake is one of about a dozen people to open up about her personal loss to suicide. She recalls the day that changed her life.

"I found my daughter, called 911, attempted to resuscitate her. From that point on, it was a matter of processing everything that happened and attempting to make a change," said Drake.

Since losing her daughter, drake has been an advocate to bring awareness of the issue.

"Someone dies by suicide almost every 14 minutes in our country averaging out to over 105 suicides per day," says Alice Jordan-Miles, Assistant Director for the College of Health and Human Services at IPFW.

"It’s an opportunity for survivors to come together and realize they’re not alone," said Jordan-Miles.

Jordan-Miles says the day serves as a resource for those who grieving or just need help.

"Surviving, it's not about getting over it or moving on. It's an opportunity for them to help understand how it is to cope," she said.

If you're a suicide survivor looking help, click below for resources.

http://www.afsp.org/coping-with-suicide

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