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Youth Suicide Survivors Support Group

If you are a young person who has lost someone to suicide, you may find that it is the kind of death, and grief, that most people are very uncomfortable talking about. This group at Foundation 2  will help you put aside that discomfort to get the help you need.The group is facilitated by a suicide survivor and a family counselor.

Who Is Eligible?

The group is open to brothers or sisters, children, or friends of suicide victims. Survivors at any stage of their grieving process are welcome. To learn more about the group before attending the first time, we please call our group facilitator, Trisha Dean, at 319-366-8797 or email

Meeting Times

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6-7:30 p.m.  

Where Do The Meetings Take Place?

Please contact Trisha Dean for location information.

How much does it cost?

Groups are available at no cost thanks to support from Cedar Rapids HOPEwalk.

What's Involved?

  • Listening: Share feelings and explore painful questions in a supportive environment. Members also share coping techniques.
  • Reassurance: Know you are not suffering alone, and that your reactions, thoughts and feelings are not unusual.
  • Opportunity: Reaching out, even in the midst of your own pain, to help others in a similar situation can be a healing experience in itself.
  • Information: Learn the facts about suicide, grief and depression.

Are My Feelings Normal?

To be at peace with the deceased, survivors must grieve. Aside from the typical aspects of grief, as a suicide survivor, you may be experiencing:

  • Stigma: Other people—sometimes even your relatives and friends—may avoid you or even blame you for the death. You might feel ashamed that such a thing happened in your family.
  • Guilt: Because suicide has been called "the preventable death," you may think you could have kept it from happening.
  • Rejection: You may feel abandoned, reasoning that, because your loved one chose death, he or she chose not to live with you.
  • Anger: Your pain can take the form of anger toward the deceased, toward professionals for not preventing it, toward yourself, or even toward God.
  • Questioning: Survivors can be overwhelmed wondering why the person took his or her life. You may wonder what you could have done to prevent it.

It is hard for anyone to really understand a loss from suicide, but talking with others who have been through the same experience can help you begin adjusting to the death.

For More Information

Email Trisha Dean or reach her via phone at 319-366-8797.
You can also connect with the Youth Suicide Survivors Support Group on Facebook or Twitter.


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