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Suicide Survivors Support

Suicide survivors go through the same grief process as other people do, along with additional problems due in part to the trauma or stigma that often accompany the death of a loved one by suicide. In a Suicide Bereavement Support Group (SBSG), people learn from and reassure each other through sharing experiences and feelings. They discover that what they are experiencing and feeling are normal responses any person would have in similar circumstances.

One cannot work through grief quickly or "get over" it easily. We recommend that you attend a group regularly for a while to help you through the worst of your grief. Some people whose grief remains an issue for them begin participating or continue attending a support group years after their loss.


To view listing of US support groups, click here. 

Minnesota Suicide Survivor Grief Support Groups

(Please phone first to confirm dates/times; current as of October, 2013)

Heartbeat Suicide Loss Support Group
Evergreen Youth Services, 610 Patriot Drive, Bemdji, MN
Stephanie Downey - 218-441-4565 or
Marcy LaCroix - 218-556-6241
2nd Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.


Buffalo Community Center, 206 Central Avenue, Buffalo, MN
Mary Sodergren 763-267-7041
4th Thursday of the month, 7-8 p.m.


Mary Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Rd. Room 17, Burnsville, MN
Park in lower level and enter door under turnaround
Maria Steele - 952-686-7107 or Shirley Pelant - 952-894-4093
2nd Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.
4th Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.


Coon Rapids
Mercy Hospital, 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd. Coon Rapids, MN
Jackie Sandusky or contact Sue Linquist - 763-236-8050
Every Monday, 7-9 p.m.


St. Mary's Medical Center, 407 E. 3rd St, Duluth, MN
St. Marys Grief Support Services - 218-786-4402 or
3rd Mon. monthly, 7-8:30 p.m.


Elk River
Elk River High School, 900 School Street, Rm. 140H, Elk River, MN
Mark and Linda Steinberg - 763-786-2112
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.


District 1 Hospital, 200 State Ave. S. E., Classroom C, Faribault, MN
Laura Sterling - 507-334-9661
2nd Tuesday each month, 6 - 8 p.m. Will provide resources to find help.


Golden Valley
Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, MN
Bev Chipman - 763-323-3178 and Mary Sodergren 763-267-7041
1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.

Mahtomedi / White Bear Lake
Suicide Bereavement Support Group (Peer)
Century College, 3300 Century Avenue N, Mahtomedi
Chris Caulkins - 651-295-6595, or Janet Finlayson - 612-720-5032,
4th Monday each month 4:15-5:45 p.m. (does not meet on holidays)


Immanual St. Joseph's-Mayo Health System, 1025 Marsh St, Mankato, MN
Marlene Buker - 507-380-2386, 800-527-2922,
2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, 6-8 p.m.


Healing Hearts Suicide Loss Support Group
Church of St. Mary's, 211 South 5th Avenue E., Melrose, MN
Deacon Earnie, 320-256-4207
3rd Tuesday of every month, 8 - 9:30 p.m.


Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, 5440 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
Vicki Bresson 952-300-2041, Sue Arneson 952-941-3417 or
JoAnne Dunstan - 952-944-2478
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.

Survivor Resources Group
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, 1313 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN
Margaret McAbee 651-266-5674 or
Julie Chalmers 612-673-3951 or
Please call for current date and times.
Group is for traumatic loss such as homicide, suicide, and sudden accidental death

Survivors of Suicide support group for Spanish speakers
614 Rensvold Blvd, Moorhead, MN
Martha Castanon- 218-287-4629
Last Wednesday monthly, 6-8 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran, 2088 Highway 70, Mora, MN
Pastor Lori Blake - 320-679-2015
Meets 3rd Thursday of each month from 7–8:30 p.m.


New Prague:
Mayo Clinic Health System (formerly known as Queen of Peace Hospital)
Jameen Mape Conference Room (enter through Emergency Room Doors)
301 Second Street NE, New Prague, MN
Meets 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m.
Sally Schmid - 952-758-4735


1st Congregational UCC, 610 1st St, Princeton, MN
Lisa Dentz, 763-670-9850(cell)
Every Monday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Child care provided, call first to confirm meeting if it is a holiday.


Men's Suicide Survivors Group, Fred Babcock VFW, 6715 Lakeshore Dr., Richfield, MN
2nd Saturday each month, 8:30-10 a.m.  No appointment needed, all men welcomed. If more information is needed, contact Lee Brandt - 612-810-2856 or John Alt - 952-943-1959.


Evangel United Methodist Church, 2645 N. Broadway, Rm. 221, Rochester, MN
Karen Byer - 507-288-5605,
3rd Thursday each month, 7 p.m.


Saint Paul

The Center for Grief, Loss and Transition, 1133 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN
Karen Heegaard, M.A., L.P., 651-641-0177
Every Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. $70/session, insurance accepted

Friends & Families of Suicide, Twin City Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN
Peer Facilitator, Tracy Toner - 651-587-8006,
3rd Monday each month, 7-9 p.m.

Survivor Resource Group
St. Paul Police Headquarters, 367 Grove Street, St. Paul, MN
Margaret McAbee 651-266-5674 or
Julie Chalmers 612-673-3951 or
Monday evenings, 6:30-8 p.m. 
Group is for traumatic loss such as homicide, suicide, and sudden accidental death for children and adults


Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 6680 153rd Ave NE, Spicer, MN
Pamela Taylor 320-354-4768 or Janae Rambow 320-354-5182,
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month 7-8:30 p.m.


White Bear Lake       
Bradshaw Funeral Home, 4600 Greenhaven Dr., White Bear Lake, MN
Tony DelPercio - 651-489-1349,
1st Thursday each month, 7-9 p.m.


East Metro Survivor Group
Woodbury United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road, Woodbury, MN
Chris Caulkins - 651-295-6595 or Mary McGuire - 612-720-5032
2nd Monday each month 6 p.m.

  • We suggest that you call before you attend a support group for the first time, to verify that the group is still meeting at the place and time listed. If you reach a recording when calling a support group, identify yourself as a suicide survivor to ensure a prompt reply.
  • If you prefer to speak to a suicide survivor rather than attend a support group or if you have further questions, please call save at 1-888-511-SAVE (7283) or 952-946-7998 and leave a message on voice mail. This number is answered during normal business hours and the voice mail box is checked hourly after hours.