TEARS (Together we Educate About the Realities of Suicide) Suicide Awareness was established to support individuals and families who have lost a loved one to suicide and also to provide important education in hopes of preventing suicide in our Grand Forks community and surrounding region.
TEARS helps organizations and schools with suicide prevention projects by providing resources made possible by donations raised in our annual Walk to Remember, Walk to Support which is held in September.
Event: Live is Worth Living, May 19, 2016
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 or contact your local emergency medical services. If you are in a suicide crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800.273.8255.
When a Classmate Dies
It is hard to know what to do when a classmate dies. What should you say? How should you respond to these new feelings? Here are some guidelines.
Be real with the way you feel. Be honest with yourself. Even if feelings are difficult, acknowledge them.
Find positive ways to express your feelings. Find a way to express your feelings without hurting yourself or someone else in the process. It’s okay to cry. You may feel uncomfortable crying around other people. That’s okay—go into your room and shut the door. Turn on music. Let it out. Sometimes we just need a good cry.
Find someone you can talk to. It really does help to talk about it. Find someone you trust. It may be a friend, a teacher, a pastor, a counselor or a family member. (Your parents may be cooler than you think.) You may find it helps to write your feelings in a journal. The important thing is to not keep it all inside.
It’s okay to ask hard questions. When a classmate dies, we have lots of questions. ‘Why did this happen? Why him? Why her?’ Hang in there. In time, you will find peace.
The “easy” way out will only make it harder. Drugs and alcohol do not help. They only mask your feelings and give you more troubles. After the artificial “high” wears off, the pain will still be there.
Give faith a chance. No matter what faith tradition you have (or don’t have), spiritual guidance can give you the peace and strength to make it through your grief journey.
Do something special to honor your classmate’s memory. Plant a tree, paint a wall or write a song. Be creative and do something special to remember your classmate.
Find ways to honor your friend’s memory. Your friend was special to you, and always will be. No one can take that away.
Information adapted from CareNotes for Teens.
Walk to Remember, Walk to Support
Please join us on September 11th, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Park/Greenway for the TEARS, Walk to Remember, Walk to Support Fundraiser.
We will have a guest speaker, music, sharing time and close with a balloon release to remember the ones that have been lost to suicide.
Consider creating/joining a team to help raise funds so we can continue to help raise awareness about suicide prevention in our community and to support the family and friends that are left behind after a loss.
Information for creating/joining a team can be found on www.firstgiving.com/altru.
Registration will be available on site the day of the Walk.
If you would like to have more information on becoming a "Corporate Sponsor" for the walk please contact Randy Schoenborn at 701.780.5618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Suicide Prevention Resources
Suicide Survivor Resources