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

Parkwest Medical Center, Peninsula, and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network are hosting an online event for 2021 on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Who Should Attend Survivor’s Day

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

Key Note Speaker

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Dennis Gillan

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.

How to Participate in the Event

Click here to view the 2021 Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Videos.