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Grief and Loss Support

Your grief and loss journey is not linear and is specific to you. There is no “right” way to heal and process your loss. When you are ready, below are some resources and organizations that are available to help support you.

Resources and Organizational Support

Resources for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One to Suicide and Overdose

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Resources

Suicide Loss Survivors Groups

Book Recommendations from American Foundation of Suicide Prevention


Local Organizations


Hotlines and Support

  • Johnson County Mental Health Center Crisis Line: 913-268-0156

    • Note: You do not have to be in crisis to call and talk to a compassionate clinician on the other line.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or Text 988

    • Note: Start the conversation however you feel comfortable. You do not have to have a specific word to start the conversation as that is only for analytics purposes. Say anything you feel comfortable and need to say to get the conversation going.

  • Contact 911 and request a co-responder or CIT officer

  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

  • Veterans Crisis Line: Text 838255

Resources for Those Supporting Loss Survivors

Tips to Help Loss Survivors: (AAS and NSPL)

  • Listening without judgment

  • Using the lost loved one’s name to show that person is not forgotten

  • Accepting the loss survivor's feelings, which can include shock, shame and abandonment

  • Avoiding phrases such as "I know how you feel," unless you, too, are a loss survivor

  • Avoiding telling them how they should act or feel

  • Being sensitive during holidays and anniversaries  

Resources for Supporting Someone Who Has Lost a Loved One to Suicide and Overdose

Recommendations from American Foundation of Suicide Prevention

  • Reaching Out After Suicide: What’s Helpful and What’s Not by Linda H. Kilburn

Hotlines and Support

  • Johnson County Mental Health Center Crisis Line: 913-268-0156

    • Note: You do not have to be in crisis to call and talk to a compassionate clinician on the other line.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or Text 988

    • Note: start the conversation however you feel comfortable. You do not have to have a specific word to start the conversation as that is only for analytics purposes. Say anything you feel comfortable and need to say to get the conversation going.

  • Contact 911 and request a co-responder or CIT officer

  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

  • Veterans Crisis Line: Text 838255

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