Epidemic proportions

Support group to resume meeting due to increased suicide rate

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After a six-month hiatus, Heartbeat suicide survivor support group will begin meeting again next week. It's a move motivated by at least eight suicides in Moffat County during the last year.

"Here we are back at epidemic proportions again," group leader Barb Seed said. "I just feel like there's just got to be a huge need for this right now."

Heartbeat stopped meeting in July for what Seed called a "regrouping breather" for herself and co-leader Sandy Harding. But the women recognize the demand for the group's return.

"Especially after the last one, we're hearing some of the kids need support around their loss," Seed said. "It's just been staggering the number (of suicides) that we've had recently. I can't even understand what's going on right now."

The group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month in Suite 100, the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition offices, 439 Breeze St.

"Everyone's welcome, anyone who as lost someone to suicide," Seed said. "It's for people to come and share their story, their grief with people who have been in the same situation."

Seed and Harding founded the group in April 2003. Both have lost a family member to suicide.

Ideally, through work with other organizations, Seed said she and many other residents hope to reduce or eradicate Moffat County's rash of suicides.

But until that's a reality, Seed aims to help those who are grieving.

"We can't prevent everyone," Seed said, "but what we can do is be there to provide support for those who are left behind."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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