International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (Survivor Day, or ISOSLD) is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
The day was created by an act of Congress in 1999 and since then has been sponsored and supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Every year, hundreds of organized events are held in the United States and around the world on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 20.
For many, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide. Gatherings also include a screening of an AFSP-produced documentary for and about suicide loss survivors.