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All in the Community

Workshops and Presentations

SSC offers a variety of workshops and presentations for professionals and the community to offer an integrated approach to healing for suicide loss survivors. Check out or Facebook and LinkedIn pages for our current presentations.  If you are interested in booking a workshop or presentation please email us!

Trauma Transformed Through Art & Narrative


The goal of this two hour online workshop professionals will learn an integrated approach for healing using art and storytelling tools created by the Suicide Survivors' Club.  

  • Learn from a clinical psychologist and a grief/loss expert as they discuss how to approach traumatic loss and complicated grief. The professionals emphasize what families experience after a suicide loss and provide helpful insight on how to support the family.

  • Hear from a mother and son about their individual experiences within the family as they navigated the trauma of losing their loved one to suicide. They will share the ups and downs including how life changes after a suicide and where their lives are now.. .

  • Learn what a Story Portrait™ workshop is and how to facilitate these interactive workshops for loss survivors  

  • Learn about the warning signs of suicide, safe messaging and suicide prevention resources


Professionals will receive a 5-book set, and can purchase the Healing After a Suicide Loss: All Ages Workbook + Activity Guide. This workshop was previously accredited for two CEUs. 


Story Portrait™  workshop

This  two hour workshop is for suicide loss survivors, or those who have experienced any trauma or loss. Making a story portrait using photographic images, can offer healing insight for participants as they create their own personal collage/story portrait about their trauma/grief journey. Participants are guided through the workshop through a series of questions as they develop their collage/story portrait. The workshop allows participants to express feelings and also to connect with others who have experienced trauma and loss. 


By attending the Story Portrait™ workshop participants will:


  • Get validation for the ups and downs of how life changes after the suicide of a family member or a loss/trauma

  • Connect with their sensory input systems and allow for neural integration - ensuring that they can connect with and benefit from the activities.

  • Choose images and use the elements provided by the facilitator to express their loss story through symbols, images, and words, or with only images when there are no words.


Participants will receive a copy of the book set to use as a healing tool on their own, with a therapist, or in a support group. 



NEW Bringing Community Together: How to Support Suicide Survivors 

During this one hour online workshop, community members will learn how to support their friends, family and coworkers after a loss or traumatic event. Participants will hear from family who has lived experience with suicide. The goal of the workshop is for participants to learn how to support an individual or group during a mental health crisis, along with expanding their knowledge on the subject of suicide loss and prevention.


During this one hour online workshop:

  • Learn about safe messaging and how to support someone after a suicide loss

  • Validate the ups and downs of how life changes after the suicide of a family, offering an example of how one family experienced it and moved forward with their lives

  • Explore how art can help with healing after a loss

  • Learn about resources and supports for suicide prevention

Participants will receive a 5-book set, and can purchase the Healing After a Suicide Loss: All Ages Workbook + Activity Guide.


In the process of applying  for Continuing Education Credits.

Press & Media



  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota Chapter (NAMI Minnesota)

  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

  • American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

  • Christopher Benz Foundation (CBF)


If you or a loved one is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text MN to 741741.


If you or a loved one is at imminent risk, please contact 9-1-1 and ask for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer.



National Resources:




  • NAMI Minnesota Suicide Prevention Classes

  • NAMI Minnesota Suicide Prevention webpage

            Helpful fact sheets for survivors  

            Suicide loss survivor support groups 

            Helping your loved one who is suicidal: a guide for family and friends



Other helpful resources:

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