As of October 15, 2018, Forefront Cares transitioned to Crisis Connections under the new name CC Cares. Forefront Suicide Prevention created this program and nurtured it for over four years. They offered support and hope to many new survivors of suicide loss through care packages and companionship. Forefront now pursues community-based education and advocacy for suicide prevention. While the program is transitioned to a new home in Crisis Connections, the heart of this program will remain unchanged.
The experience of losing a loved one to suicide is often shocking and isolating. CC Cares volunteer grief companions offer phone-based support to individuals and families who have recently been impacted by suicide loss. These volunteers offer new survivors an understanding, empathetic ear as someone who has also lost a loved one to suicide. This work is incredibly important work – offering healing, support, and connection in someone’s darkest times.
“Suicide is a very complicated death,” says CC Cares Coordinator Susan Peck, who lost her son to suicide 11 years ago and has been volunteering as a grief companion with the Cares program for several years. “Our communities are just starting to recognize it as a subject that can be discussed.”
Recent news is starting to more openly talk about suicide as well. In late 2018, USA Today reports that suicide rates are up 33% in less than 20 years (Godlasky, Dastagir, 2018). For every life lost this way, many loved ones are faced with making sense of this tragedy. Through CC Cares, Crisis Connections works to continue to fill this gap for survivors in the community.
In combination with suicide prevention and intervention services, postvention support is desperately needed to help members of our community surviving a suicide loss.
Crisis Connections is honored to house this program under their support services and care for survivors of suicide loss. They look forward to expanding the care they offer to the community and all across Washington State.
You can learn more about CC Cares by visiting www.crisisconnections.org.
If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have lost a loved one to suicide, please know you’re not alone. Please call:
King County: 1.866.4CRISIS
WA State: 1.800.273.8255