Survivor Support Groups

You are not alone. Support is available if you have lost someone to suicide.  Support group meetings may be an excellent way to help you cope with your loss.

Attending a support group may be a difficult decision for you.  People cite feeling shy, not wanting to share their story with strangers and feeling like they are coping well as reasons for not attending.  Many people find that it is helpful to talk with others who have lost a loved one to suicide and learn how they cope with their loss. These groups are not therapy groups, but strictly peer support groups. Contact the group nearest you.

Click Here To View The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Support Group Lists By State.

Survivor Support Groups in Northeast Ohio

AKRON – KENT – RAVENNA

Contact: Barb Medlock at 330.434.1214 ext 106; bmedlock@portagepath.org
Location: Portage Path Behavioral Health, 340 South Broadway, Akron OH  44308
Meetings: Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month; 6:30 – 8pm
Facilitated by: Peer
Charge: No
Counties Served: Summit and neighboring counties

AMHERST

Charis (means “grace” in Greek)
A faith-based ministry for survivors of mental illness and suicide.
Open to the public; no registration required.
Contact: Mandie Nelson at 440.787.6072
E-mail: mandieandjimmy@gmail.com
Location: Freedom House Church, 1240 Park Ave, Amherst OH  44001
Meetings: Second and Fourth Monday of the month; 7:00 – 9:00 pm

COLUMBIA STATION

Esperar (means “hope” in French)
Six-week grief education workshop for those who have lost someone to suicide.                  Pre-registration is required.
Contact: Nicole Mercier at 440.886.2400
E-mail: bostonbean77@yahoo.com
Location: Christ Church, 23080 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station OH 44028
Meetings: Tuesdays; 7:00 – 8:30 pm

GRIEF SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN

Joel’s Place for Children
Joel’s Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center offering multiple grief support services for children in their grief journey. Joel’s Place was founded and operates on the belief that it is helpful and healing for grieving children and families to share their stories, memories, experiences, thoughts, and feelings with other grieving children. Joel’s Place offers the only free on-going grief support program in  West Side and East Side locations in the greater Cleveland Area.

Joel’s Place for Children
PO Box 180
Avon OH 44011
440.248.4412

 

HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE
Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center

Contact: Mary Trivisanno at 216.486.6838

INDEPENDENCE

Contact: Cornerstone of Hope; Julia Ellifritt, LISW at 216.524.3787
Email:  julia@cornerstoneofhope.org   www.cornerstoneofhope.org
Meetings: 5905 Brecksville Rd, Independence 44131-1517

LAKE COUNTY (Chrysalis)

Contact: (440) 354-0110
www.lakesuicideprevention.org
Location: St Andrew Church (Worman Room)

7989 Little Mountain Road Mentor OH  44060
Meetings: First Tuesday of the month; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Facilitated by: Peer and Professional
Charge: No
Counties Served: Lake

LYNDHURST

Contact: Binnie Eiger at 216.752.5698
E-mail: b_eigner@yahoo.com
Location: Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church
Montage Rm (2nd floor) 5312 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst 44124
Meetings: Second Thursday of the month; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
On line support: pos-ffos.com (parents of suicides/friends & family of suicides)

MEDINA

Contact: Kim Ventresca, LISW;  kventresca@hospiceofmedina.org
Clinical Manager of Bereavement Services
The Robertson Bereavement Center …a community outreach of Hospice of Medina County and Barberton Hospice and Palliative Care
797 North Court St
Medina OH 44256
330.725.1900 or 1.800.700.4771
www.hospiceofmedina.org

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS

Contact: Maureen Nowak at 440.237.1359
Location: Middleburg Heights Community Church, 7165 Big Creek Pky, Middleburg Heights 44130
Meetings: Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month; 7:30-9:00 pm

SHAKER HEIGHTS

Contact: Binnie Eiger at 216.752.5698
E-mail: b_eiger@yahoo.com
Location: Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights,
2860 Coventry Rd (back parking lot – Rm 103 The Krumbine Rm), Cleveland 44120
Meetings: Fourth Monday of the month; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
On line support: pos-ffos.com (parents of suicides/friends & family of suicides)

STARK COUNTY

Contact: Carole Vesely at 330.588.2204

 

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