Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Online Resource for Suicide Survivors

Suicide hurts. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately 30,000 suicides annually in the United States. It is estimated that for every suicide, there are approximately six Survivors of Suicide, the loved ones who are left behind.

Survivors of Suicide will be able to access a new website, called Sunday Morning, which will provide educational information, links to national organizations, and helpful tips to assist them in their healing process. The website will be launched on November 17, which is with the Ninth Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day, sponsored by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (

The Sunday Morning website will also feature a special section that focuses on suicide and mental health in the African American community.

Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, but suicide is the third leading cause of death among black youth, after homicides and accidents, according to the American Association of Suicidology. In addition, while Caucasians are twice as likely as African Americans to complete suicide, the rate of suicide is growing faster among African American youth than among Caucasians.

About Sunday Morning

Dr. Martin King Skala died by suicide on March 7, 2007 at the age of 36. After much prayer, research and many in-depth conversations with other Survivors, his wife, Nepherterra Skala, launched the Sunday Morning website on National Survivors of Suicide Day, November 17, 2007. The purpose of the website is to provide an online community where survivors of suicide can arm themselves with information, access helpful resources and share best practices for healing.

1 comment:

MissPR said...

Thanks for posting this!