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Local group supports those who’ve lost someone to suicide

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Suicide Awareness Survivors Support exists to support those who have lost someone they love to suicide. (Eric Smith/KCTV) Suicide Awareness Survivors Support exists to support those who have lost someone they love to suicide. (Eric Smith/KCTV)
SHAWNEE MISSION, KS (KCTV) -

At Shawnee Mission Hospital, a group of people meet who can only understand each other's pain.

They say they're an elite group that no one wants to be a part of: Those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Suicide Awareness Survivors Support was started by a couple whose son took his own life.

The holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time for families who have lost loved ones.

They encourage families who are grieving to open up and talk with others who have lost their family or friends to suicide.

One tip the group recommends is being willing to talk about suicide with friends or family who are grieving, not being afraid to ask if someone is thinking about taking their own life.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, are distressed or are in crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you'd like to communicate with the lifeline in Spanish, the number is 1-888-628-9454.

For more information about the SASS group in Shawnee Mission, click here.

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