Support for survivors

Aimee Wheeling, Kenmare

It happens every 15 minutes and an attempt is made each minute suicide. In North Dakota, someone takes their life every four days. North Dakota now has the highest increase in suicide rates for middle aged people in the United States. In November 2013 I lost my best friend to suicide.

I think that they are really trying to raise awareness and provide support for those contemplating suicide. I believe it has put the issue out there and has made it something that people can talk about. It is not something we have to hide it hurts and we have to talk it out.

What I don’t understand is, “Where is the support for the survivors of suicide?”

I see my best friend’s parents in so much pain and there are no support groups in the area for them to even participate in. They have to drive three hours in order to attend a meeting with other parents who are enduring what they are. With the weekly lists in the paper of all of the group meetings for the week, there is not one for the loved ones of those who have taken their life. I took part in the “Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention” on Sept. 7 at Roosevelt Park in Minot. There were close to 400 of us who participated and raised close to $37,000. I find it hard to believe that it isn’t quite obvious that this group should have been started years ago. The need is there so where is the support?