Local survivors of suicide resources and upcoming events

(Jackson, Wyo.) - In a community the size of Teton County, one suicide impacts everyone -- whether you knew the person directly or they were a friend of a friend or a family member. Fortunately, strong communities like ours have several resources to help those who lost a loved one. There is a Survivors of Suicide Support Group, which is a peer led group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, held on the first Wednesday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Eagle Classroom at St. John's Medical Center. "I would say those who are experiencing grief, try to find healthy ways to do this with support from others," said Matt Stech, MS, LPC, Community Prevention Professional for PMO-Teton. "The Survivors Event and Group may be good options for some, a counselor or pastor may be good for others. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for trauma and depression if this is a factor in someone’s grieving process. The Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center 307-733-2046 is equipped to help folks with these issues. Grieving is a personal journey that can look very different among people and doing this in a safe way that doesn’t perpetuate the suffering is paramount." So what can we do to help prevent suicide in our community? "