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.
Who Should Attend Survivor’s Day
This celebration is intended for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.
Key Note Speaker
The featured speaker is Dennis Gillan, who lost two brothers to suicide and now travels speaking about mental health and suicide prevention. He has presented a TEDx Talk, “Standing Tall in the Face of Mental Health,” and continues to share his own inspirational story and message of hope to audiences everywhere.