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Letter: Help and support is available for those who lost a loved one to suicide

Dr. Julie Blehm and Barb Hanson with the North Dakota chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention invite families to join them for an event Saturday, Nov. 19, in honor of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is designated by the United States Congress as a day when the friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. This day always falls on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving .

In 1999, Sen. Harry Reid introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of National Survivors of Suicide Day. Reid was a survivor of his father's suicide.

Every year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a program that unites survivors of suicide loss across the world. These events help survivors cope with the tragedy of losing someone to suicide. This year, the AFSP North Dakota Chapter will host activities for you to safely connect, support one another, and share stories on Saturday, Nov. 19.

We will be participating in the Fargo-Moorhead International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and we invite you to join us. We are participating because we have lost family members and friends to suicide and walked alongside those that have lost loved ones to suicide.

Please join us from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at St. Genevieve's Place, 930 6th Ave. S., Fargo.

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This event is intended for adult suicide loss survivors. Lunch will be provided.

Please register at afsp.org/NorthDakota

Dr. Julie Blehm and Barb Hanson are with the North Dakota chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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