International Survivors of Suicide Day

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intl_survivors_of_suicideThis annual program provides mutual support and practical guidance on coping with grief after suicide in cities around the world and online in two days-- Saturday, November 19, 2011. Survivors of suicide loss share their stories and answer the questions that so many survivors face, “Why did this happen?” “How will I cope?” Presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.



When: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Where: Local healing conferences worldwide and online

Register: Visit to find the local conference site nearest to you, or sign up to watch online from home and participate in a live online chat immediately after the program on November 19th. Past programs can also be viewed throughout the year.

About the Program:  The following survivors of suicide loss share their stories and candidly discuss what helped (and what hurt) in the days, weeks, and months after the death of their loved ones. Suicide bereavement expert, Dr. Robert Neimeyer, also shares what we currently know about suicide and grief.

Featured Survivors

Doreen Marshall, Ph.D, lost her fiancé, Chris, to suicide in September 1995. At just 23-years-old, he was a chef and a budding musician living in New Jersey. Doreen is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Counseling Dept at Argosy University, and maintains a private counseling practice in Atlanta.

Tony Mata’s daughter, Phylicia Toni Mata, completed suicide on August 11, 2000, three weeks after her 15th birthday. She was about to start her Sophomore year at Health Careers High School in San Antonio, TX. Tony is a self-employed courier who also works part time as a High School Football Official.

Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis, where he also maintains a clinical practice. As a survivor of his father’s suicide the week before his 12th birthday, he has done extensive research and has written 25 books and hundreds of articles on death, grief, loss, and suicide intervention.

Kerry Payne lost her father, Myles Bean, to suicide in June 2001. Myles served in the Australian Army and tried his hand at many careers during his 60 years of life. Kerry remembers him as passionate about motor racing, fun-loving and high-spirited. Kerry is an Australian photographer, now based in New York, working on a long-term creative project to document survivors of suicide loss and their stories.

Faith Sullivan lost her 31-year-old son, Tony, to suicide in 2002. Tony was a registered nurse and manager of a pain clinic. He also served in the United States Navy for 5 years as a medic and a member of the Seabees underwater construction team. Faith facilitates peer support groups for bereavement after suicide and general bereavement and she’s created an annual scholarship to help nursing students in Tony’s memory.

Alexis Wiffler’s dad, Randy Wiffler, died by suicide in August 2007 at age 46. Randy was an entrepreneur who owned his own business and loved classic cars, fireworks, travelling, and making his own wine.  Alexis, who was 13 when her father died, found comfort at a weekly bereavement support group for teens near her hometown of Rohnert Park, CA.

Family Profiles