International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day to be honored in Fairbanks

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) Communities all over the world will be honoring International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Saturday, November 23. Riley Witte, a chair of the event here in Fairbanks, says the event is designed to support people who have experienced a loss due to suicide.

Communities all over the world will be honoring International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Saturday, November 23. (AFSP).

“It’s one of the hardest things that someone can have to go through, to lose someone to suicide... and [this event] sort of lets people know that they’re not alone. This is something that has a really prevalent effect in our community -- and if you’re going through this, you’re not the only person. So together we can support each other,” said Witte.

Although the events can vary across the world, Witte says there will be a short documentary by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention played at the beginning to start a conversation. At the Fairbanks event, there will be a discussion following the documentary, and then drumming led by Bob Parr.

Those interested in attending do not have to share their story, but there will be an opportunity to share experiences. There will also be support personnel on site.

“This event is for anyone. It’s primarily designed for people who’ve lost someone to suicide, and maybe they're grieving, or going through their first Thanksgiving or their tenth Thanksgiving without that person and just looking for some community in Fairbanks,” said Witte.

No matter how close or distant someone’s relationship is to a loss by suicide, Witte says they are welcome at the event.

In Fairbanks, the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the IBEW Local 1547 at 2000 Airport Way.

The event is free but coordinators ask that those interested in attending to pre-register at https://afsp.org/.

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