Purpose of the Day of Hope & Healing:
In Canada, almost 5,000 people take their lives every year; each one leaves behind friends and loved ones who struggle with loss, grief, and many unanswerable questions. In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are few public services available to specifically support those left behind after a death by suicide. In 2013, the School of Social Work collaborated with Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group to offer a Day of Hope & Healing for those grieving a suicide loss. For many attendees, this was the first time they had the opportunity to share their grief and reach out for mutual support.
The Day of Hope & Healing is a day where those grieving a suicide loss can gather together in a safe space, share experiences, find empowerment within themselves and others, learn self-care and coping strategies, be connected with potential resources, and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
The School partners with community practitioners and survivors to facilitate workshops and educational sessions throughout the day.