Making a Difference
Since April of 2014, Full Circle has offered a Suicide Loss Group (SLG), providing a safe place to share the grief associated with the loss of a loved one to suicide. The group meets on a weekly basis for a total of eight sessions. SLG is open to individual adults as well as children ages 3-18.
In 2014, the Suicide Loss Groups served 23 individuals during the groups offered. So far in 2015, SLG has already been able to support 22 adults and 8 children, with another SLG beginning this October. A middle school aged youth that participated in SLG shared that it helped them "get through my grief and recognize future possibilities" as well as to "laugh more." One of our adult participants shared that SLG was helpful in "being able to freely express my grief." After having participated in a 2015 SLG, 100% of the adults noted on their group evaluation that they "have hope for the future."
Maryse Eubank, M. Ed. began managing the Suicide Loss Group in January of 2015 after having served as a youth
facilitator for Hands on Healing family support groups since 2013. In addition to overseeing the Suicide Loss Groups, Maryse spends time spreading the word about Full Circle by engaging in suicide prevention and mental health awareness community events. Maryse is working with many other local organizations in the formation of the Chesterfield County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition.
For more information about Full Circle's SLG program, please click here to visit our website.
This program gave me something to look forward to each week. I saw tremendous healing take place not only for myself, but many people within my group. They (Full Circle SLG leaders) are truly gifted in addressing the darkness of suicide and providing us with many resources and coping skills that we can continue to use. There is a light at the end.
- Adult participant who lost her father to suicide
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation of you having given me the opportunity to share with others my experience of grief of the suicide of my son. It truly meant a lot to me.
- Adult participant who lost her son to suicide
I myself have made donations in the past to similar groups. I never thought I would be attending one. You have given me hope and strength to carry on.
- Adult participant who lost her daughter to suicide