"Arms Of Support"
Our support group is a non-denominational based ministry for men and woman and includes all suicide survivors from all walks of life. We will cover many specific topics and will provide some special speakers at our group meetings.
Our "Arms Of Support" Program Description:
- Typically composed of 6 to 10 participants
- Will meet the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month for 90 minutes
- The program allows participants to develop safe, secure bonds with each other, thereby improving the healing process
- Provide Education And Information
- Provide motivation and inspiration
- Provide encouragement for Biblical Believers and Non-Believers
- Questions and answer opportunities
- Provide a What's on your mind discussion (Tell Your Story)
- Facilitated by a survivor who has lost a loved one to suicide, and volunteers his or her time to help others
We welcome each of you as part of our extended family, with a non-judgmental ear, mind and heart. We are here for you and your family. Our meetings are held with a casual and relaxed atmosphere. We encourage you to come join us, just as you are and to represent who you are. This is a place for you to be comfortable and to just be yourself!
The TUFF Suicide Prevention and Support Mission:
"To provide the educational tools and resources within our communities, that will create more awareness of the warning signs and symptoms of suicide and to provide hope, healing and support to survivors -children, youth, and adults who have experienced loss"
Reasons To Join A Support Group
Surviving the suicide of someone close to you is one of the most traumatic experiences a person will ever endure. For a time it seems that the pain is unending. Losing a loved one through suicide is an especially devastating loss. The survivors left behind have a difficult array of emotions to overcome on their journey in learning how to cope with their grief.
A suicide death is usually unexpected and sudden, even if the person had been talking about suicide in the past. The method is often violent and it's difficult for survivors to think about their loved one inflicting this violence on himself. Unfortunately, suicide carries a stigma in our society and friends and family members are often at a loss for what to say. For many people, losing a loved one to suicide causes feelings of abandonment with thoughts like, "my loved one chose to leave me!" All of these issues make the grieving process more difficult.
- A sense of community and support;
- an empathetic environment and give a sense of belonging when the bereaved person feels disassociated from the rest of the world;
- the hope that “normality” can be reached eventually;
- experience in dealing with difficult anniversaries or special occasions;
- opportunities to learn new ways of approaching problems;
- a sounding board to discuss fears and concerns;
- a setting where free expression of grief is acceptable, confidentiality is observed, and compassion and non-judgemental attitudes prevail.
***Registration for our next support group will open shortly***
Our Support Group meets on the: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month.
From: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
If you are in crisis,
call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline