Help for Survivors of Suicide in New York Metropolitan Area

Why a Survivors Support Program is Needed

The loss of a loved one to suicide is devastating to their family and friends. In any ten year period there are several million new survivors of suicide in the United States and 60,000 to 100,000 in the New York Metropolitan area.

Children and adolescents who lost a mother, father or sibling to suicide are particularly apt to be devastated. They need support as much or more than adults. They are particularly vulnerable to feelings of guilt as well as abandonment. The surviving parents need help for their children’s sake as well as their own.

Although there are several hundred support groups for survivors of suicide in the United States, virtually none provide comprehensive, professionally-led support services for survivors, and of these none provide services for children.

SPI has trained mental health professionals at social service agencies in the New York Metropolitan area, enabling the agencies to provide the first comprehensive program of support for survivors of suicide. We believe it will eventually serve as a model for other cities throughout the country. The program includes weekly support groups for the recently bereaved, individual or family therapy as indicated, support groups for children as well as adolescents who are survivors and for their surviving parent(s), as well as drop-in groups. Survivors of all ages throughout the Metropolitan area can now be helped by trained mental health professionals at designated social service agencies, including agencies serving the Chinese-American, Korean-American, African-American, and Latino communities.

New Yorkers need to be informed of the availability of these services. SPI and the participating agencies are undertaking an outreach program for this purpose. SPI has completed training of the following agencies that are now accepting referrals:
Mental Health Association of Westchester - Elmsford
Email Pat Capolino at help@mhawestchester.org or call 914-345-5900

Mental Health Association of Westchester - Mount Kisco
Email Pat Capolino at help@mhawestchester.org or call 914- 345-5900 x240

Comunilife - Bronx
Contact Frank Badillo at the Vida Guidance Center at 718-364-7700

Hamilton Madison House - Chinatown, Manhattan, and Queens