Story by Matt Young. Photo by Timothy Faust.
Cary, NC – A friend of mine, Jeri Wade, contacted me.
She is a “survivor” of family suicide and an active volunteer with The Triangle Survivors of Suicide (SOS).
Every Fourteen Minutes…
Annual Pre-Holiday Survivors’ Meeting
“On September 16, 2003, I lost my father to suicide. On December 11, 2007, I lost my mother to suicide. On November 21, 2009, I became a part of a family that helped me learn how to live my life again,” says survivor, Matt Sammis. “The conference I attended that day began a journey of healing. I no longer had to face the constant rollercoaster of emotions alone. I had finally found a group of people who understood the sadness, the emptiness, the anger, and the despair that had for so long haunted me. ”
Jim Heugerich, Director of Crisis and Human Services for the city of Chapel Hill, was this year’s keynote speaker. Jim manages a 24-hour mobile crisis unit and a human services component for special needs populations of the town. Jim heads a unique program geared toward helping survivors immediately after a suicide has occurred.