The stigma that your loved one has taken their own life can leave you feeling alone and isolated. You may find yourself in a struggle to survive and then move forward. Find hope in connecting with peers who understand. This seven-week group will focus on issues and experiences unique to suicide.

Surviving After Suicide is a workshop for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide. It is designed to provide participants with information about the grieving process and to provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space to share experiences and feelings with others who have experienced a similar loss.

Topics we will explore include:

  • Information on loss, the grief process, and mourning
  • Depression, mental illness, and suicide awareness education
  • Addressing the unanswered questions of suicide loss – The “Whys?”, “What Ifs?”, and “If Onlys”, and the “Should Haves”, “Would Haves”, and “Could Haves”
  • The emotions and feelings associated with (and unique to) death by suicide
  • Strategies for handling special occasions, “tender days”, and the holidays
  • Relationships – establishing & maintaining familial, friendships and romantic connections
  • Ways we can remember and honor our loved one’s memories
  • Coping skills, self-care, and ways to access community resources

Surviving After Suicide meets from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Friday nights at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Conference Room 1. Pre-registration is required as group size is limited to 8, and attendance at all meetings is requested to facilitate group and individual healing.

Cost: $25/per session or $150.00 for the seven-week series when paid in full in advance. This includes all course materials, activities, and light refreshments at each meeting.

Register today for one of our upcoming sessions!

Please contact Charlotte Tankersley at charlotte@hope-group.org or (720) 745-9252 with any questions prior to registering.

If you are looking for a support group for your teen, we offer Teens Overcoming Grief After Suicide, a 7-week bereavement workshop for youth 13-19-years-old several times throughout the year as well. For more information, please click here.

About the Facilitator:

Charlotte Tankersley is a suicide attempt survivor and a three-time survivor of suicide loss who now uses her lived experience to educate others on mental health, LGBTQIA rights and suicide awareness and prevention across the country.

Charlotte has a BA in Psychology from Argosy University, is Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid and ASIST certified and is also a certified Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program trainer and QPR Instructor. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Hope Group which provides peer support for teen and adult suicide attempt survivors, their families, and teens and adults who have lost a loved one to suicide through fee for service one-on-one sessions and community peer support groups. These include Teens Surviving, Striving, and Thriving; Surviving, Striving, Thriving; Group 4F – Fortifying Families and Finding Friendships; Teens Overcoming Grief After Suicide; and Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide, and grief workshops including Surviving After Suicide and other topical workshops specific to suicide loss. She is also the Founder of Inner Light Consulting which provides public speakers who speak about issues involving mental health conditions, suicide lived experience, and LGBTQ+ allyship and provides suicide gatekeeper training to individuals, schools and organizations in the Denver metro and Front Range areas. She also provides peer support to parents of newly out LGBTQ+ children, and to significant others, family members, friends, and allies of transgender, gender non-conforming and gender creative individuals through peer support groups and via one-on-one in-person or phone support sessions.

Charlotte has facilitated peer support groups for over eight years, worked as a crisis counselor on The Blue Bench’s 24-hour sexual assault hotline and on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and also served as a victim advocate for the Sheridan Police Department for several years.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or is in crisis: please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. You can also reach them at www.coloradocrisisservices.org. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOPE to 741-741 or visit www.imalive.org for online text chat.

Don’t give up fighting; please reach out. Hope and help are available 24/7/365.