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INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS DAY

7 November 2016

International Survivors of Suicide Loss (ISOS Loss) Day falls on 19 November 2016 this year. It is a special day set aside for survivors to find comfort as stories of healing and hope are being shared.

A survivor of suicide is anyone affected by the suicide death of a loved or close one, such as family members, friends, neighbours, co-workers and schoolmates. Survivors also include professional caregivers, and health and mental health providers whose client died by suicide.

This year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has produced a documentary entitled ‘Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss’, which explores how some survivors cope with a suicide loss over time.

Date      : 19 November 2016, Saturday

‘Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss’ traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss over time. Drawing on stories and insights from long-term loss survivors, the documentary shows us that through resilience and support, you can achieve hope and understanding in your lives while celebrating the lives of those you lost.

Watch 'Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss' here, which will be available after 19 November 2016. 

Many survivors find it helpful to talk about their grief. But sometimes, it can be hard to talk to family members and friends. After watching the video, survivors might like to:

  1. Join SOS’ Healing Bridge Support Group
  2. Speak to a counsellor
  3. Know more about SOS’ services

To do so, email or call the SOS 24-hour hotline at 1800-221-4444 (manned by trained volunteers). 

INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS DAY

06 November 2015

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is a special day we set aside each year to remember those we've lost through suicide. Join us and a community of suicide survivors to find comfort and gain understanding as we share stories of hope and healing.

This will be the second consecutive year SOS (Samaritans of Singapore) is organising this event. The event is open to suicide survivors only and registration is compulsory.

A survivor of suicide is anyone affected by the suicide death of a loved or close one, such as family members, friends, neighbours, co-workers, and schoolmates. Survivors also include professional caregivers, and health and mental health providers whose client died by suicide.

Event Details
Date: 21 November 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 12pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Samaritans of Singapore

*Programme includes: video screening and a sharing session by suicide survivors. Lunch will be provided.

To register or find out more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss day 2015, email or call the SOS 24-hour hotline at 1800-221 4444 (manned by trained volunteers).

Registration closes 13 November 2015.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015

07 September 2015

SOS fights suicide by urging everyone to start a conversation

As part of World Suicide Prevention Week, Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) has launched a new campaign – Wear a plaster. End the Silence.

The campaign encourages everyone to show their support by wearing an SOS plaster on their inner wrists. The plaster serves as a conversation starter, as the first step to prevent suicide is to simply talk about it.

From 7 September 2015, supporters will be able to download a virtual plaster, which they can add to their social media profile pictures and help spread the word.

On 10 September 2015, SOS plasters will be given out at several locations throughout Singapore. Supporters will be able to collect the plasters, wear them on their inner wrists, and post a photo with a heartfelt caption using the hashtag #howru.

Information on downloading the virtual plaster and collecting the SOS plaster can be found on sos.org.sg.

Ms Christine Wong, Executive Director of SOS, commented, "Plasters are usually used as a first-aid measure when people need to cover and protect a wound. When someone wears a plaster, people around them tend to ask what happened and how they are feeling. Emotional pain however, is not always visible. TBWA\ Singapore came up with a meaningful and interactive way to draw attention to what we cannot see. Through our #howru plasters, we want to remind people to be attentive to the emotional wellbeing of their loved ones. A caring person who asks 'How are you?' at the right time can make a difference between life and death."

The suicide prevention centre is seeing more cases where concerned family and friends are referring a loved one who is in crisis or has lost someone to suicide. The number of such cases has increased by 260% in the last five years – from 65 in FY10-11, to 234 in FY14-15. When SOS receives a referral, professional staff member initiates contact with the person at risk and offers emotional support.

A number of celebrities have already pledged their support for the campaign, including Mr SR Nathan, former President of Singapore; Jayley Woo, MediaCorp artiste; Stephanie Carrington, FLY Entertainment artiste; Oon Shu An, international stage and television actress; Narelle Kheng and Benjamin Kheng from local pop band The Sam Willows; and more.

Sharing his thoughts, Mr SR Nathan said, "...as [Singapore] becomes more affluent, the number [of suicide cases] is increasing..." He also added that Singaporeans must all look out for one another, as we are the first line of defence in preventing suicide.

According to statistics, suicide claims more than one life in Singapore every day. There are also a significantly higher number of men who take their own lives. People in crisis, feeling suicidal or who have lost someone to suicide can call 1800- 221 4444 (24-hour hotline) or email for emotional support.

NOVEMBER 2015

SOS Holds Second Consecutive Annual Event For Suicide Survivors

Event: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2015 by SOS
Date: 21 November 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Samaritans of Singapore

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is a day when suicide survivors gather in their local communities to remember those they've lost through suicide. In 2014, there were 278 locally organized events held around the world, including Singapore.

This will be the second consecutive year SOS (Samaritans of Singapore) is organising this event. The event is open to suicide survivors only and registration is compulsory.

A survivor of suicide is anyone affected by the suicide death of a loved or close one, such as family members, friends, and schoolmates. Survivors also include professional caregivers, and health and mental health providers whose client died by suicide.

This year's event will feature a screening of Family Journeys: Hope and Healing After a Suicide. This new documentary produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention traces the ripple effect of a suicide through families and communities, and explores the challenges faced as they cope and heal.
A sharing session will also be facilitated by trained SOS professionals, creating a safe and confidential environment for suicide survivors to share their stories.

Executive Director of SOS, Ms Christine Wong, noted that reaching out to those left behind in the aftermath of a suicide is an essential aspect of suicide prevention as suicide survivors are at greater risk of suicide themselves. Ms Wong commented, "A suicide death can have complex and multi-faceted effects on the lives of those left behind. It is crucial to provide emotional support to suicide survivors as they cope and heal."

Recognising the importance of reaching out to this group of individuals, SOS also runs the LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) initiative in partnership with the Singapore Police Force and Coroner's Court. LOSS is the only programme of its kind in Singapore, providing emotional support to those affected by the suicide death of a loved one through email, phone calls, SMSes, mail, and counseling sessions where necessary.

In the last three years (FY12–14), the SOS LOSS programme has attended to approximately 800 suicide survivors, and initiated over 3900 calls and emails as follow up or to provide emotional support.

To register or find out more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2015, email SOS at or call the SOS 24-hour hotline at 1800-221 4444 (manned by trained volunteers). Registration closes 13 November 2015.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015

In conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, SOS collaborated with Temasek Polytechnic for a project. As part of their assignment, ninety students undertaking the Diploma in Communications & Media Management produced 40-seconds long public service announcements related to suicide prevention. 

Here are the best five public service announcements:

Koh Jen Huei playbutton
Lee Jamie playbutton
Rajwani Elisa Leena playbutton
Salleh Farah playbutton
Yeo Ronald playbutton

Congratulations to all the students. Special thanks to Ms Felicia Nah, Coordinator for the Audio Production module, and all the lecturers.

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