Hinds Hospice is inviting the public to an open house of Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the hospice organization’s Fresno headquarters, 2490 W. Shaw Ave.
In January, Hinds took over direction of the support program.
“We want to reassure the community that the support is continuing,” said Kathy Cromwell, director of the Center for Grief and Healing at Hinds Hospice. Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss offers monthly peer support meetings and counseling, she said.
Fresno County reports two deaths by suicide per week.
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The organization’s mission is to help survivors and save lives by awareness. Nationwide, deaths by suicide have increase by 24 percent in the past 15 years, Cromwell said. In 2014, the latest numbers available, there were 42,773 deaths by suicide in the United States. In Fresno County, there are two deaths per week, Cromwell said.
Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss began meeting 31 years ago in the home of Dick and Sandy Gallagher. The couple founded the organization eight months after their teenage son, David, killed himself.
The Gallaghers have been invited to the open house, Cromwell said. Light refreshments will be served.