Survivor Support Services in Orange County

For more information, please call 714-547-0885

We understand the special needs of people who have survived a loved one’s suicide and the complicated grieving process that comes with this kind of loss.

With the help of our community partners, we offer a variety of culturally sensitive services that provide hope, support and healing to survivors from demographically diverse backgrounds.

Support Groups: General and Specific

Our eight-week groups provide a safe place without stigma for survivors to share experiences, ask questions and express painful feelings so they can deal with their grief and move forward with their lives in a positive and productive way.

We offer general support groups and specific support groups that are organized by age, gender or loss. We also conduct groups for people in a community setting, such as a church, a school or a workplace, who have suffered a common loss.

  • Groups meet once a week for eight weeks
  • Organized generally and by age, gender, loss, community setting
  • Groups include 6 to 10 survivors
  • Sessions last 90 minutes
  • Co-facilitated by suicide bereavement therapist and fellow survivor
  • Available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Arabic

Survivors who complete an eight-week group are invited to monthly drop-in meetings and a potluck gathering twice a year. All participants receive our Survivors After Suicide newsletter.

Family Support Counseling

We provide short-term suicide bereavement counseling services for families that survived a loved one’s suicide. Family members grieve differently and our therapists help them learn how to support each other in the healing process.

  • For families who survived a loved one’s suicide
  • Children, adolescents and adults meet together
  • Therapists are experts in suicide bereavement
  • Short-term (typically 8 sessions)
  • Sessions last 50 minutes
  • Clients linked to longer-term services if needed and requested
  • Available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Arabic

Individual Support Counseling

We offer individual counseling to children, adolescents and adults who recently lost a loved one to suicide but are not yet ready to join a group.Individual counseling helps survivors cope with their grief and prepares them to join a support group.

  • Private sessions
  • Available to children, adolescents and adults
  • Short-term (typically 10 to 12 sessions)
  • Sessions last 50 minutes
  • Therapists are experts in suicide bereavement
  • Available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Arabic

After completing a group, survivors are also sent a quarterly newsletter, free of charge. Issues of the newsletter may viewed here

Funded by the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services, Prevention and Intervention Division, Mental Health Services Act /Prop. 63

For more information on Survivor Support Services, call (714) 547-8562