“We wanted to be able to provide a resource for families and friends who are coping with the devastating side effects of suicide,” says Marie Bryant Propps.
And that’s just what she will do along side her coworkers at Seneca Health Services. They make up the Hope Coalition, a group that meets monthly to help the loved ones of those lost to suicide.
Propps says, “dealing with suicide is a different ballgame. We all know that one day our lives will end because that’s what happens. You’re born, you live, you die, but suicide is so devastating in that it leaves the people that are left behind wondering, ‘what did I not say, what did I not see, what did I not do.'”
She knows that there is often a stigma attached to mental health facilities like Seneca Health Services, so the group decided to host the meetings at a more neutral location.
Once a month the group meets at the Living Waters Family Worship Center in Lewisburg to discuss their experiences and find hope in each others words.
Ray Propps is the pastor at Living Waters. He says he recognized the importance of a church as the location saying, “families need somewhere to go to be able to talk about this, to be able to have people that know what they’re going through, know what they’re feeling. And they can relate to others who have been through similar things.”
Ray also mentions that in tough economic times, especially times when people are being laid off, the rate of suicide often increases.
The group is set to meet at Living Waters this Wednesday, January 13th from 1:30 to 3:00 in the afternoon. All are welcome to attend.