Overview

On average, every 11 days someone dies by suicide in Leon County.

For each of these deaths, over 115 others are exposed to the suicide, with 1 in 5 reporting that this experience had a devastating impact on their lives. As the number of suicide deaths increase, so does the number of survivors left behind to cope the with aftermath of suicide.

Survivors need to know they are not alone. Without help, suicide loss survivors are at risk of developing unhealthy coping skills or attempting suicide themselves.

About Us

LOSS Team members are trained paraprofessional suicide loss survivor volunteers and mental health professionals serving as volunteers who want to be a resource of hope to bereaved survivors who live in the Big Bend area of Florida.

As survivors well into our healing journeys, we provide compassionate peer support. When called out by the survivor, law enforcement or the hospital emergency department, a two-person team responds as soon as possible. An initial meaningful bond is established that opens the conversation about the grief and the potential for hope.

We provide comfort and understanding to help survivors begin their healing journeys. Volunteers offer follow-up visits or phone contact to survivors in the months ahead. Referrals are made to survivors of suicide loss support groups, local counseling and other services. Therefore, when the newly bereaved are ready, they will know what resources are available.

Over time, LOSS Team helps reduce suffering, promotes healing, builds resiliency and reduces survivor risk of future suicides.

Hope Happens

After losing my husband to suicide that night, I remember how the LOSS Team volunteer and I locked eyes immediately. Then she sat with me and listened. She answered my questions with genuine compassion and concern. I’ll always be grateful for her help and ongoing encouragement.

Cathy, loss survivor
Baton Rouge, LA
LOSS team of the Big Bend Brochure

If you are interested in learning more about suicide prevention and LOSS Team of the Big Bend either by receiving a copy of our brochure or scheduling a “hopeTalk” presentation at your office, please contact us through our Contact page.

Overview

On average, every 11 days someone dies by suicide in Leon County.

For each of these deaths, over 115 others are exposed to the suicide, with 1 in 5 reporting that this experience had a devastating impact on their lives. As the number of suicide deaths increase, so does the number of survivors left behind to cope the with aftermath of suicide.

Survivors need to know they are not alone. Without help, suicide loss survivors are at risk of developing unhealthy coping skills or attempting suicide themselves.

About Us

LOSS Team members are trained paraprofessional suicide loss survivor volunteers and mental health professionals serving as volunteers who want to be a resource of hope to bereaved survivors who live in the Big Bend area of Florida.

As survivors well into our healing journeys, we provide compassionate peer support. When called out by the survivor, law enforcement or the hospital emergency department, a two-person team responds as soon as possible. An initial meaningful bond is established that opens the conversation about the grief and the potential for hope.

We provide comfort and understanding to help survivors begin their healing journeys. Volunteers offer follow-up visits or phone contact to survivors in the months ahead. Referrals are made to survivors of suicide loss support groups, local counseling and other services. Therefore, when the newly bereaved are ready, they will know what resources are available.

Over time, LOSS Team helps reduce suffering, promotes healing, builds resiliency and reduces survivor risk of future suicides.