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Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team giving families hope

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As a family member of someone who has died by suicide, Amy Freymuth knows what it's like to get through life without that person. As a family member of someone who has died by suicide, Amy Freymuth knows what it's like to get through life without that person.

As a family member of someone who has died by suicide, Amy Freymuth knows what it's like to get through life without that person.

"There’s a fog that you go through when you find these things out, you go through all the what if‘s, what should I have done, what did I miss, and at the end of the day, sometimes the really is just no explanation," said Freymuth.

And now, she is trying to help those that are going through what she experienced.  Freymuth is part of the LOSS team, which stands for Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors.  It's a group that helps families that are recovering from losing a loved one to suicide through understanding and providing information that they may need in the middle of the crisis that they are going through.

"Just the ability to connect with others that have lost someone to say that there is hope to go on, that’s really hard to figure out how can they even take the next breath with what’s happened, it’s just overwhelming - but to see somebody actually functioning after this is happened to them, it gives them a lot of hope," said Donna Dickman, the LOSS Team Coordinator for PVFF.

And while research shows that many people wait a long time to seek help after losing a loved one, having a group like LOSS in the area could mean that people go out and get the help that they need much more quickly.

"With the LOSS team approach, which is immediate, people are coming in and getting help with in 39 days, which is optimal," said Dickman. "The sooner you get help, the better off you’re going to be."

"Having support groups and people who’ve already walked this walk, I really hope and feel that people can say, OK I’m not alone, I can reach out to somebody here’s what I’m feeling, here’s what I’m experiencing, maybe someone else’s been through this already and can help me through it," said Freymuth.

Locally the group has been around for 18 months and has so far helped 30 families in the area.

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