COMC: Suicide Interview

Originally Published October 15, 2017

For my Cleaning Out My Closet Series (COMC) I wanted to make sure that I could help others going through the things that I am going through. So I will include an interview by a professional in the topic of discussion after each COMC entry.

Cleaning Out My Closet: Suicide Interview

Q: Hi and thanks for helping me out today. Tell me who you are and why you know so much about this topic?

A: A Mental Health Professional (prefer not to give a name)

Q: Is it just people who suffer from mental disorders that are affected by committing suicide or suicidal thoughts?

A: No suicide is not a mental illness.  I think it can be anyone that feels hopeless and discouraged and can't at the time find a remedy to ease the pain.

Q: What type of things can make a person suicidal?

A: Hurt, Disappointment, Hopelessness, Sickness, Pain, Not able to cope with the pressure of life. 

Q: What can a person who is suicidal do to help themselves get through those crucial moments?

A: Seek professional help or help from a friend or relative.


Q: What are some signs that will show that a loved one may be suicidal?

A: Isolation, depression, Self-harm behavior, Withdrawal, hopelessness, and Excessive sadness


Q: How do you go about finding a mental health professional?

A: You can call 911 and DHS or you can go to the nearest emergency room.


Q: Are there any hotlines or websites you can recommend?


National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Both toll-free, 24-hour, confidential hotlines which connect you to a trained counselor at the nearest suicide crisis center.

Safe Place: 1-888-290-7233

Project Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis through a network of qualified agencies, trained volunteers, and businesses in 32 states. Call the hotline to find out if the program operates in your state, or look online.


National Alliance of the Mentally Ill: 1-800-950-6264

Toll-free, confidential hotline operating Mon.-Fri., 10 am- 6 pm (EST). Trained volunteers provide information, referrals, and support to anyone with questions about mental illness.


Q: Are there support groups that suicidal people or their loved ones can attend?

A: Batavia

Name of Group: Survivors of Suicide

Suicide Prevention Services

528 S. Batavia Ave.

Batavia, IL 60510

Contact Person: Stephanie Weber

(630) 482-9696

Meetings per Month: One

Fee: No


Name: Suicide Grief Support Group

Unitarian Fellowship building

105 N. Parrish Lane

Carbondale, IL 62901

Contact Person: Judy Ashby, MS, LCPC

(618) 549-5578


Bill Sasso

(618) 529-2439

Meetings per Month: One - Second Tuesday at 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Fee: No


Name: Survivors of Suicide

Centralia Ray of Hope

Irvin Funeral Home

PO Box 1155

Centralia, IL 62801

Contact Person: Greg Williams

(618) 532-5512

Meetings per Month: One

Fee: No


Name of Group: Survivors of Suicide

Catholic Charities / LOSS Program

651 W. Lake St.

Chicago, IL 60661

Contact Person: Bruce Engle

(312) 655-7283

Loss Line 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. (M-F)

Meetings per Month: One

Meetings held in different locations throughout Cook, Lake, Will, and DuPage counties. Children/teen monthly groups also available.


Fee: No



Name of Group: LGBTQ Survivors of Suicide

LGBTQ Survivors of Suicide - Center on Halsted

3656 N. Halsted

Chicago, IL 60661

Contact Person: Edmond Yomtoob

(773) 450-4434

Meetings per Month: One - Third Wednesday, 7:15-8:45 p.m.

Fee: No



Name of Group: Touched by Suicide

Hospice of the Rock River Valley

R.R. #2

Dixon, IL

Survivors Gather

Contact Person: Diana Knapp

(815) 625-6277

Fee: No


Name of Group: Survivors of Suicide

Call for Help, Suicide & Crisis Intervention

9400 Lebanon Road

Edgemont, IL 62203

Contact Person: Pearl Campbell

(618) 397-0963

Meetings per Month: Two - First and Third Monday 6-8 p.m.

Fee: No


Park Hills Evangelical Free Church

2525 West Stephenson Street

Freeport, IL 61032

Name of Group: Survivors Road 2 healing

Contact Person: Lynne Hofmaster

(815) 297-0037 or (815) 238-0141 (cell)

Meetings per Month: Two - Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Fee: No

House Survivors of Suicide Support Program

Serving families with children surviving the suicide of a loved one.

3330 Dundee Rd., Suite S1-S4

Northbrook, IL 60062

Contact Person: Suzanne Clarey


Meetings per Month: Please call for information


Also provides 8-week support groups for adolescents and teens, monthly family support, and referral services.

Fee: No

Oak Brook

Name of Group: Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends, Inc. (National Office)

P.O. Box 3696

Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696

Contact Person: Families can speak with anyone at the office

(877) 969-0010


Meetings per Month: One (varies)

Please call toll free number for information on groups held throughout the country.

Fee: No


Name of Group: Ray of Hope

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

4100 Augustana Drive

Rockford, IL 61107

Contact Person: Karon Pfile, RN

(815) 636-4750

Meetings per Month: Two - Second and Fourth Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.

Fee: No


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