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Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2023

Suicide Prevention Service, a Family Service Agency of the Central Coast


Our mission is to improve mental health care and advance suicide prevention through individual empowerment, community building and increased awareness.

The Big Idea

The Survivor Outreach Team (SOT) is comprised of trained survivors who provide support to families and loved ones who have recently lost someone to suicide. Having endured the unfortunate first-hand experience of healing from suicide loss themselves, the SOT's mission is to reduce the trauma associated with the bereavement process. They create a safe space for survivors to process their emotions and grief at their own pace, while also normalizing the complexities of grieving after losing a loved one to suicide. Alongside offering comfort and understanding, the outreach team offers valuable referral resources to the newly grieving survivors. Often, these individuals feel isolated, struggling with overwhelming emotions, fearing they are alone in their experiences and questioning their sanity. The SOT aims to reassure them that healing is possible, fostering hope and creating a community to understand their painful journey.

“The support group meetings have been so incredibly helpful. Everyone has been supportive from the facilitators to the other members, and every time I call you. Thank you, I don't know how to thank you enough."

- Confidential Participant