Senator Harry Reid introduced a resolution to the UNted States Senate in 1999. His proposition was to create a day for family and loved ones of those who have committed suicide to come together to show love and compassion.
Reid’s father committed suicide and therefore he had a personal interest in creating a national gathering of support.
Very quickly communities all over the globe began to recognize the day. The name was changed to International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
Every year the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors survivors of suicide loss across the world. Hundreds of cities across the world come together to remember loved ones who have passed from suicide.
The Foundation produced a program that is shown at the events which feature many personal stories from many survivors.
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