Jeri Mares to Co-Lead International Survivors of Suicide Loss Conference in Livermore, CA
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Loss Conference is held in over 300 sites across six continents with AFSP volunteers driving the coordination of each individual site.
MA Graduate Jeri Mares will co-lead the Livermore conference and also deliver the opening address.
The conference examines the issue of suicidality worldwide while discussing grief & mourning, self-care, and resources for survivors of suicide loss – those that have lost a loved one to suicide. Most sites secure a mental health clinician or member of the survivor community to speak, and a video is aired in all 300+ sites at the same time. This year, the video will feature families from all over the nation that have endured suicide loss.
Additionally, the Livermore site will feature break-out process groups for post-video processing based on distance from loss (0-1 years, 2-3 years, etc.). Each group will be facilitated by two mental health clinicians.