By Donna Fiala
Suicide is a very difficult subject to write about – especially when it affects someone you know, and many times it does – but so often people who have suffered such a terrible loss do not know where to turn. A friend of mine lost her mother recently to suicide and the grief was overwhelming. No matter where she looked there was no place to turn. And then Surviving After Suicide found her. This marvelous organization of caring, loving people have helped her through her darkest hours, and she wants others to know that Project H.U.G.S., Surviving After Suicide is there for others as well. The group is 25 years old; they meet every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Kiddie Korral building on Golden Gate Parkway. Last year alone there were 54 suicides in Collier County. Said Shannon O’Brien, my friend who lost her mother, “I don’t know what I would do without them.” To reach them by phone, call Marcia Hedberg at 597-4158 or Bob Riley at 253-6600. There is no cost involved. Everything is on a volunteer basis. If you, or someone you know, need this help, please call. It might be the most important call you make. Project H.U.G.S., Helping Underserved Grieving Survivors, is the longest-running Suicide Survivor Support Group in Collier County. It is a non-profit organization, and not affiliated with any religious creed or denomination. They do, however, strongly encourage participants to renew and rely upon their own spiritual resources.
Thank you Shannon, for this most important information that someone out there might be looking for right now.