Yellow Ribbon Program for Suicide Prevention

Walter and black swan at Indian Springs School lake

Suicide: Read this first
Suicide Crisis Center
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) - National Hotline
The Samaritans

I participated in
Out of the Darkness - 2003
a 26-mile, overnight walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


It is estimated that over 30,000 suicides occur in the United States alone annually, making suicide the eleventh leading cause of death in this country (ASFP). The World Health Organization estimates that a million people commit suicide in a year.

On Friday the 13th of August, 1999, my baby brother Walter put a bullet through his head. He was only nineteen, still just a kid.

Walter left behind a poem expressing his pain.

This is the most horrible thing I can imagine happening, and definitely the most devastating thing I have experienced. Words are not sufficient to describe the pain that has resulted from this act. If you are grieving a loss due to suicide, you likely feel the same way.

If you are considering suicide, please get help now. 1-800-SUICIDE

Thank you to all my friends who have supported me through this nightmare. I am very fortunate to have extremely loving friends.

I hope you find this page useful. I will continue to update it and add to it.

Update As of June 2003, the need for these continued efforts has been painfully underscored as I have now lost a cousin to the disease of depression. His is one more suicide in this terrible epidemic.

My sister's page about suicide and survival
Some of my thoughts written a few months after Walter's death


Walter on a trip to Moundville with our father, 1999
Walter on Christmas morning, 1998
Alexis, me, and Walter my college graduation,1996 and another with Mama and Daddy
Walter's gravestone

General Information

Suicide Facts from SAVE
Suicide FAQ from ASFP
Suicide FAQ from NIMH
Common misconceptions about suicide
A Canadian suicide FAQ from SIEC
An ASFP site with lots of info on Youth Suicide
An excellent site about GLBT youth suicide
Elderly Suicide Fact Sheet
The Suicide Paradigm - "penacide" or "killing the pain"

Survivor support groups

A suicide survivor is a friend or family member of a person who has completed a suicide.

Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
Directory of SOS groups - find a support group of people who knoow this tragedy

HEARTBEAT Grief Support Following Suicide

Links for suicide survivors

Survivors of Loved Ones' Suicides (SOLOS) - email support, extensive links, and other resources
When the Worst has Happened
Surviving Suicide
Living With Suicide: Shared Experiences and Voices of Loss
Survivors of Suicide WebRing - list of sites
Suicide Survival and More

How to help a suicide survivor

#1 - Just be there to give your love!
Comforting a suicide survivor
Helping a suicide survivor heal
Things NOT to say (applicable to more than just death by suicide)
Supporters of Suicide Survivors (SOSS) - email list
A Suicide Survivor's Beatitudes

Books that have helped me

and other lists of recommended books

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One. 1997. Carla Fine.
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. 1999. Kay Redfield Jamison.
Recovering from the Loss of a Sibling. 1988. Katherine Fair Donnelly.
Healing After Loss : Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief. 1994. Martha Whitmore Hickman.

Suicide prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program "It's OK to Ask for Help!®"
Nuçi's Space
Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network (SPAN USA) "Saving Lives Through Suicide Prevention Is Our Goal."
American Association of Suicidology "Dedicated to the Understanding and Prevention of Suicide"
Suicide Awareness / Voices of Education (SAVE) "to educate about suicide prevention, eliminate stigma and support those touched by suicide"
The National Suicide Prevention Directory

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This page created in loving memory of
Walter McCamy Turner
27 March 1980 - 13 August 1999
©Aleta van Riper
last modified 3 January 2004

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