Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.) Support Groups
These support groups are for family members, friends, and coworkers of those who have died by suicide. Minimum age for our general SOS Support Groups is 14. Our Teen SOS Group is open to adolescents, ages 13-19. All meetings are free of charge and led by trained facilitators. You do not need to sign up ahead of time.
"The best thing about being involved in a SOS (Survivors of Suicide Loss) support group is realizing that I'm absolutely not alone in this immense pain. I knew there would be others there who had also lost a child to suicide, but I needed to connect with other mothers. No one else, beside other mothers who've lost a child to suicide, can totally understand how truly devastating it really is for a mother. I found understanding, support and an arena to talk about my special form of grief to people who understand the pain of losing a child to suicide.
From the support I received, I was able to move forward in a healthy way and then move onto helping others who've gone through the same things as I. I strongly recommend attending support groups for survivors of suicide loss. It brought me out of the depths of despair to a much better place where I can now talk about my experience to others and support them while they also move toward a better place of understanding and HOPE."
Jenny Wesner RN, BSN, Survivor of Suicide Loss
Neenah & Oshkosh, WI
Support group mission:
- To talk openly and honestly about suicide.
- To provide understanding and acceptance for those whose lives have been touched by suicide.
- To try and prevent future suicides through education.
Support group facilitators:
Jenny Wesner, Facilitator/Surviving Parent
Liz Zimmerman, Facilitator/Surviving Friend
Lisa Duff, Facilitator/School Counselor
Kim Lewis, Facilitator/Clinical Social Worker
Doug Bisbee, Facilitator/Counselor
Support groups sponsored by:
Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh (CFH). CFH is comprised of community members united to facilitate suicide prevention, intervention and grief support by educating our community and fostering links between those in need and those who can help.
Second Thursday of the Month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
200 Church Street, Neenah, WI (W. Doty Ave Entrance)
Contact: Doug Bisbee at 920 230 4840
Third Thursday of the Month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mercy Medical Center
500 S. Oakwood Road, Oshkosh, WI (Main Entrance, Classroom 2)
Contact: Jenny Wesner at 920 230 4840
Teen SOS Group meets as needed
Other Area SOS Groups
Second Monday of the Month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teen Group, Third Monday of the Month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton, WI 54915
Contact: Barb Bigalke at 920 750 9091
First Thursday of the Month, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills Church
N1615 Meadowview Drive, Greenville, WI 54942