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Survivors of Suicide

Helping those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Please know YOU are not alone

There are many of us reeling from the effects of the death of someone we loved by suicide

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Linda Davis

Linda Davis

Group Leader

A Leader, A Survivor, A Friend

A native born Texan, I joined Hospice Austin in fall of 1995. This was truly the first experience as a volunteer caring and assisting people who were terminally ill. The first year I was assigned nine different patients/families that needed help with their last phase of their life on earth.  Linda also has been with Austin Police Department form 1999-2016.

On June 26,1996 my 28 year old, only son, who had suffered from Grand Mal Epilepsy for most of his life, committed suicide in my home. Due to his condition, he also suffered severe depression, constant sleep deprivation and neurological disorders.  Linda is a 21 year survivor.

A year after his death, I begin to research depression, mental illness and suicide. I enrolled in my second volunteer opportunity with MHMR as a hotline crisis counselor and became the assistant with the Survivors of Suicide grief group. Since helping people appeared to be the path of healing, in 1999 I was trained as a Volunteer Crisis Counselor with APD and was active through 2016. I was the facilitator for the Survivors of Suicide Grief Group, at Hospice Austin, but now have created a new group with the help of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.

Virtual Meetings

Greetings to all,
I hope this message finds you well.  A brief reminder to let you know that our next meeting will take place next Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  The link to the meeting is
Let me know if there is something in advance that needs our attention or if there is something you would like to discuss, especially if you need support from the group.  If anyone is having difficulty navigating feelings and emotions during the pandemic, please feel free to reach out to us anytime.  You don’t have to wait for the meeting.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting so that we can continue our journey of healing after our loss(es).
Thanks,
Dr. Eduardo “Lalo” Perez

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Call Linda at 512-560-6115

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NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE?

Call Linda at 512-560-6115

WHAT HAPPENS AT A MEETING

When you arrive at a meeting you will be greeted by members, some old members and many new like you.  We all sit around a table and do an introduction.  We tell who we are, who we lost, how we lost them and when the death took place.  We usually talk about what is going on in our lives and how we are handling our grief.  Some are far along the road of healing and that gives the new people “HOPE” that someday there will be a good times again.  New members are allowed to tell their story if they want to and get the pain out. But if you choose not to speak that is ok as well. Sometimes there are tears but that is normal when you have lost someone you loved under any circumstances much less suicide.

There are really no rules, but you will learn how to handle birthdays and holidays along with the anniversary of our loved ones death.  You will find love and comfort like none that can be given to you anywhere else because unless you know the pain of suicide you do not truly understand it.   The meetings are part of the circle of healing and we have found the earlier you start the healing journey the better it will be.  Please join us to learn to heal from the effects of suicide.

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Please know YOU are not alone. There are many of us reeling from the effects of the death of someone we loved by suicide.

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Get in Touch

Please know YOU are not alone. There are many of us reeling from the effects of the death of someone we loved by suicide.