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Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

The History of Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, who lost his father to suicide, introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

  • Also known as Survivor Day, the day was designated by the United States Congress as a day on which those affected by suicide can join together for healing and support.
  • It was determined that Survivor Day would always fall on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving, as the holidays are often a difficult time for suicide loss survivors.

Our Event

Annually, Parkwest Medical Center and Peninsula hold an event for survivors of suicide loss, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The 2023 event is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2023, 9 a.m. – Noon, at Parkwest Medical Center.

This year’s featured speakers include:

  • Emily Hager, PhD, East Regional Director, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Survivor of Suicide Loss
  • Paul Augustyniak, Tennessee Board Chair, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Survivor of Suicide Loss
  • Hailey Goad, MSSW, Operations Manager, Contact Care Line, Survivor of Suicide Loss
  • Rachel Johnson, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and William Conklin, Psy.D., Lead Clinical Psychologist, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
  • 2023 AFSP Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Video

Who Should Attend?

This celebration is intended for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.

Register for Survivor Day

Complete the form below to register for this year’s event!

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Include names of any additional family members who would like to attend with you.

Support Group for Survivors

All year long Peninsula hosts ComPASS, a support group created for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Contact Us

For more information about our services, call us at 865-970-9800 or contact us online. To speak with someone about a physician referral please call 865-374-PARK (7275). You can also choose the “Chat with Us” pop-up to speak with a Call Center representative.

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