By Daniel Frederick
The Grand Rapids Community College Nursing Department is hosting a National Survivors of Suicide Conference, with the help of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the West Michigan Survivors of Suicide, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, located at 151 Fountain St. NE.
The conference will be held in various locations of the ATC. A check-in table will be in the main foyer near the central elevator.
Nov. 17 is Internationally recognized as Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. It is a day of mourning for the ones who have left us, and it is a day of recovery for those who have been left. For those who have lost a loved one to suicide, the grief steeps year round. This coming Saturday, loss survivors around the globe will be gathering and confronting their grief, and therapeutically recognizing it.
The conference will serve to foster discussion and explore ways to prevent suicide. Students in the nursing program and members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at GRCC will assist in the production of this community event.
Susan Koons, assistant professor in the nursing program commented in a press release about the event,
“For the Past 12 years, GRCC Nursing students and volunteers have participated in the Survivors of Suicide Conference,” Koons said.
The conference will include note speakers Dorace Van Meurs, the clinical program director of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, and Melissa Budzynski, a social worker for Gilda’s Club.
A memorial service for lost loved ones will also take place at this conference.
Lunch is provided and parking is free for those who register. Registration for the conference will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the day of or, for registration in advance, contact David McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 949-3402.