Jessica, Lindsay and Becky: We are advocates for mental health because of our connection to suicide. Those who have lost a loved one to suicide have been touched by mental illness. Through our posts we are working to normalize mental illness. By normalizing mental illness we intend to give those suffering from everyday anxiety and depression hope that there is help.
Our page offers hope, inspiration and support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
OurSideofSuicide.com authors Jessica, Lindsay and Becky met through the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide support group in Chicago after losing their fathers to suicide within five months of each other. Each had the desire to elevate the discussion about suicide in an attempt to give a voice to those seeking support and encouragement.Suicide is a topic that is often avoided or kept quiet in our society and can carry with it an unfortunate stigma for survivors. As we’ve experienced, suicide is something that can strike any family and is not singular to any one type of person, culture or economic status. Our mission is to help elevate the discussion and availability of support for those who need it so that no one has to feel silenced in their grief.
In the days and weeks following our losses, we were fortunate to discover a local support group and were comforted by the hope, inspiration and friendship that grew out of sharing our stories. While each of our situations was unique, we experienced a sense of togetherness in talking about our loved ones and navigating our journeys after their deaths.Knowing that the availability of resources for survivors is limited, we wanted others to have a place to turn – no matter their location or grief stage. While the three of us lost our fathers, we created this blog to serve as a helpful resource to anyone who is seeking support following the loss of someone close to suicide. Our reflections will address the impact of suicide on our lives and the ways we have begun to live on in “our new normal.”
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