A nonprofit mental health organization offers a free seminar on suicide loss

Honor Connor launches new education program as part of National Suicide Prevention Month

SIMSBURY WEST, Connecticut., September 6, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Honor Connor, a nonprofit organization for mental health and suicide prevention based in West Simsbury, is launching its new mental health education program, Hold on Hope, in September as part of National Suicide Prevention Month. Focusing on support for people who have suffered a suicide, the Hold on Hope program will be offered free of charge during two educational workshops, one in person in Simsbury and another virtually online.

“After losing our son Connor to suicide, my husband and I founded Honor Connor to focus on those affected by the loss of someone due to suicide, because through our journey through grief we realized how few resources existed for the survivors, “he said Lisa Johnson, Honor Connor co-founder and CEO. “Our goal with the Hold on Hope program is to offer such resources and education on the stigmas and myths surrounding suicide.”

Developed to support people who have suffered a suicide loss and people who want to support other people who have suffered a suicide loss, the 90-minute interactive Hold on Hope seminar covers:

  • Addressing the stigmas surrounding suicide and how it affects the ability to suffer
  • Supporting someone who has lost a loved one through suicide;
  • Debunking the myths about suicide and pain;
  • Explore feelings around a suicide loss through journaling And
  • Identify the needs of the survivor and how to successfully navigate the available resources.

Attendees will also receive a journal to use during the workshop along with a list of resources including books, podcasts, area support groups, and more.

“By providing this education and resources, we hope to help people find support for themselves or support others because, unfortunately, statistically we all know someone who has been affected by suicide,” he says. Scott Johnson, co-founder of Honor Connor. “We also want to simply encourage survivors to share their experience and provide support tools to the people who care for them, because individuals who lose someone by suicide become themselves at high risk of dying from suicide.”

The two free workshops in September will take place as follows:

  • Thursday 22 September to 7:00 PM EST at Eno Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow Street, SimsburyAnd
  • Thursday 27 September to 7:00 PM EST online via Zoom.

Participants must register in advance. Registration for the workshops is free, however places are limited for both sessions. To find out more or to register for one of the sessions, visit www.HonorConnor.org. If you or someone you know is struggling, call 988 to be connected to the national lifeline for suicide prevention.

About Honor Connor: Honor Connor was founded in 2021 by West Simsbury residents Scott and Lisa Johnson after losing her son, Connor, to suicide in 2016. Honor Connor’s mission is to provide hope and healing and stop the stigma by starting the conversation about mental health, addiction and suicide prevention.

Twitter: @HC_HoldOntoHope
Facebook: @ HonorConnor.holdontohope
Instagram: @ HonorConnor.holdontohope

Lisa JohnsonChief Executive Officer, Honor Connor, Inc
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SOURCE Honor Connor

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