American Foundation, Chesterfield, Richmond discussed on WTKK Programming


Guide mining its cat Simon. What's going on around Richmond, always wonderful things and wonderful guest. Hi, guys, everybody who you are. And who you're with my name is Shirley Ramsey. And I am the founding board member of the Virginia chapter of the American Foundation for suicide prevention of welcome and Sarah. And I'm Kevin skeleton. I'm with the field suicide awareness and prevention coalition. Wow. You guys have teamed up together doing some great things. And you know, we it's very top of mind right now, this whole subject, and I think it's really a good time to get some more information because more and more people seem to be affected by suicide or thoughts of suicide. I thank you for your work itself. Important. So tell me what you guys do. Well, how I got here today is I also serve on the coalition for the Chesterfield suicide. Prevention? Coalition, and I we partner with them. Right. And we actually worked together on an event that is sponsored by the American Foundation for suicide prevention sore, okay, and the coalition really gathered together in Chesterfield to kind of bring a lot of the different resources that were trying to raise awareness for suicide on their own and brought them together as a coalition so he can team together to try to raise that awareness in a much more powerful way. Well, I think that's a great idea. Now, what are you guys doing right now? What's going on? We've got survivor day, which is the international survivors of suicide loss day coming up on November seventeenth. Mound occasions that that will happen at and show. He's got some history about about that day. Yes. Please. Please. Let me know what that's about. That is Saturday November seventeenth is that correct? That's correct. Okay. And it's actually international. Wow. And it's a day that we hold once a year when people are affected by suicide gather around the world and events in their local communities to try to find comfort for suicide from suicide loss and gain an understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Wow, that's amazing. And that it's going on all across the world at the same time. And what are your locations for this? We have one in in Chesterfield at Saint Mark's United Methodist Church unluck slain, and that's going to happen on that Saturday from ten to one. All right. And then you said is there? Another location locally. Yes. We have another one at Bon air Baptist church at the village, which is a pilot church of Bon air Baptist. It is actually held in the West End of Henrico on Paterson avenue. Wow. And boy about the times for that that will be from eleven to two thirty. So what happens? At the event. Tell me what people can expect that show up. Generally, we'll have a couple of speakers someone who has experienced loss and kind of talk about their story. We also may have someone who talks about grief. So they can address the griefs perspective as well. Then the the American Foundation for suicide prevention has a documentary and will view that then we'll break up into small groups where we can talk a little bit more and let each of the individuals talk about their story of loss. And it's really in that time where we it's really powerful to to see how people realize that they're not alone in to just by talking about their situation or their loved one. It really really helps to heal begin that healing process. And and the fact that they're not alone that there's others there that are going through that loss. I think it's it's healthy to be able to be in a safe environment to talk about that grief. And maybe that guilt. I mean, all those emotions stem you. Absolutely. Yes. I you know, started the survivor day in Richmond. I guess five years ago, and it was one of the things that we were pretty much required to do. Order to form the Virginia chapter for AFS AFSPC. And I found it personally personally to be very life changing because I lost my son in two thousand ten he was sixteen years old and setting up this event was so well supported by AFSPC, they gave us all the things to do to get it sat up and what I found out that bringing people together who've been through that particular loss. It's a loss that surrounded by stigma, right? And it's difficult for pill to be able to share their feelings or talk about it, and whatever I have experiences the more. I share my story the more. I talk about it. It helps other people because it brings connections to the loss, and it provides support for one another and do you feel like that that helps you continue your healing process? Yes. Absolutely. We call it a grief journey, right? And it's been eight years since I lost my son. And it's amazing how being a part of this program in some of the other programs that we do have really helped me to heal and to find hope, and I'm sure it's a process it just doesn't go away overnight. I am sorry for your lies about you. And then I lost my son seven years ago. One is Mark. I I'd come to one of these events three years ago. I'd seen it advertised in a I went to to help because I received a lot of help myself and. Shown to be there with other parents or other loved ones just to kind of provide some support. And that's where I met those from the coalition event some of the coalition members there, and that's how I got connected to the coalition itself. And so this will be my fourth one of these events and just really looking forward to it again just to provide that support that that people are looking for. They just need a place to talk in place that safe. So it's helped you as well as you've gone to your Turney. Yes. Oh, definitely. And you guys can definitely speak from experience that I mean, so people don't definitely aren't gonna fill loan because you know, what you're talking about. And how they're feeling. Absolutely. It's amazing how you can come full circle in that journey journey and to be able to help others because some people just close off, you know, I find that so sad. I do you guys discuss warning signs and things like that to families or is this mainly for the survivors. To come to our can anybody come if they may be are just worried about it, maybe in their own family, and and want to be prepared. Well, what we have found out that is when people have lost someone to suicide it it can bring feelings. You know to them that are difficult to deal with when you're dealing with grief and loss, and it just really does help those people that too may become at risk. Okay. And it gives them the support and a fellowship of knowing that they're not alone. And it it really it does I've seen so many people say this is something I've had a very hard time talking about and being able to be in a room with a group of people who've been through the same thing is very comforting. So it is open to the public though, definitely is open to the public mainly for people who have suffered a small loss. The the most relevant for them. And then we have other events where we could talk about prevention and awareness in things as well. So okay. So if somebody wants to get more information or perhaps join your cause there to help out in any way. How would they go about doing that? Well, you can.

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