Survivor of Suicide Support Group Forming

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My name is Carol Griesdorn and I am the younger sister of Randy Griesdorn, who died by suicide almost 5 years ago.  It has been an emotional journey that was unexpected but could happen to anyone, anytime.  Everyone hears about suicide, but no one wants to talk about it, no one wants to admit that someone has mental health concerns and no one should have to watch a loved one die by suicide and deal with the aftermath.  Unfortunately, I am a survivor of suicide and I am going to talk about it and I want the community to be able to talk openly about it too.

I am a licensed social worker in the State of Ohio, I have my Master of Social Work degree and have been with Montgomery County Children Services for the past 27 years.

I see a need in the Mercer County community for Suicide Prevention/information and would like to help make a difference.  I am starting a support group “Keeping Our Light” Survivors of Suicide so that we can discuss the deaths of our loved ones and help each other heal. It is not a counseling program but a safe place to say things and discuss feelings that others may not understand.

If you have questions or need anything please let me know.  The first meeting is scheduled for March 23, 2017; 7-9 pm.  I would like participants to contact me ahead of time so that I can make sure this is the right type of program for them.

Carol Griesdorn, MSW, LSW
Keeping the Light
Survivor of Suicide Support Group


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