As of January 2007, there are reportedly 4.5 million suicide survivors in the United States. That’s enough people to form a small country. And that’s a conservative estimate. According to some researchers, the number could be as a high as 6 million, if the unreported suicides covered up by family and officials are factored into the total.
Who are suicide survivors? We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, cousins, fiancés, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, guidance counselors and clergy. We are people who have lost a loved one to suicide. And many of us are looking for information and support to help us heal.