Survivors Joining for Hope Articles

Articles written by Brad Hearst, SJ4H Founder & Executive Director, and other contributors

Finding Hope

By Brad Hearst The morning waking up after my brother's passing by suicide was one of the most difficult days on which I’ve ever been challenged. I myself, felt like throwing in the towel. I had no drive to get out of bed, no desire to go to work and certainly no...

Relating Suicide to Other Losses: Gold Star Families

By Brad Hearst Since my brothers passing, all I’ve heard is how suicide loss is like no other loss. You can’t compare it to anything else because there is no other loss like it. Which I won’t disagree with. As time has passed, I’ve encountered other losses and learned...

The Four-Year Journey — A Survivor of Suicide Loss

By Brad Hearst   It has been four years and almost two months since I lost my brother to suicide. I have experienced the highs and lows of grief too many times to count at this point. During those four years I found more questions than answers. My emotions have ranged...

The Reach of Suicide

By Brad Hearst From an outside perspective when people think of suicide they think of the family impacted. Their mind will immediately drift to the spouse left behind to take care of the family financially, the children that will now grow up without a...

The Unexpected Price of Suicide

By Brad Hearst The initial shock of losing a loved one to suicide can be debilitating. We are left wandering in a fog, struggling to find our way as we come to grips with our own grief. When we finally start to find a piece of normality, survivors are often smacked in...

What is Suicide Recovery?

By Brad Hearst Throughout life, we are faced with many trials and tribulations. Those “trials” are instantly magnified when you lose a loved one to suicide. Nearly everything you do after a recent loss seems to somehow always be related to or remind you of...

Avoiding “Selfish”

By Brad Hearst Disclaimer: The topics discussed in this article directly exclude anyone age 25 or younger. The ideas shared are referencing adults who have fully developed and matured. Definition of Selfish: [sel-fish] adjective – devoted to or caring only for...

The Myths of Talking to Survivors

By Brad Hearst Over the last nearly four years I’ve heard just about everything when it comes to “speaking” to a suicide loss survivor. Some have been insightful while others have been complete counseling BS only perpetuating the stigma of suicide. Let me be the first...

The Mental Health Label

By Brad Hearst Within the last week I have seen suicide wrap its horrid grasp around the lives of those I love. It was the second straight impact it has had on my own life. After being struck with the loss of my brother less than four years ago it feels only slightly...

Back to School Tips for Parents to Prevent Bullying

It’s that time of year again! Back to school is typically welcomed with an energetic mix of excitement, anticipation, and expectations, but for many, this can also be a time of anxiety and fear. So much emphasis is placed on “getting ready” and having the right...

TIME MOVES QUICKLY

Just as the school year is coming to an end I feel that sigh of relief. No more phone calls during the middle of the day about how my son is in the office and will need to serve ISS or OSS for the next however many days. With that sigh of relief, I have to sit and...

TODAY’S MEDIA

Sitting in my office listening to the local news via my RadioPup app I am listening to the DJ personality describe his views on the late Robin Williams, Heath Ledger and even Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. To an extent he appears to be glorifying their stories a bit...

FUNDRAISING 101

As a nonprofit we obtain a chunk of our financial support from fundraising. In my opinion fundraising is viewed more as a marketing and exposure opportunity than it is a real financial hauling. The time commitment it takes to put together an event multiplied by the...

COPING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF SUICIDE

This past school year has been especially difficult for my son behaviorally. I find myself wondering if my husband didn’t die by suicide if our son would have as many behavior problems.  Or maybe if our teachers were more educated on suicide and the aftermath that it...

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT BENEFITS LOCAL NON-PROFIT

Survivors Joining for Hope, a non-profit organization based in Sioux Falls, SD, will hold its inaugural Volleyball Tournament fundraiser at The Pocket on Saturday, June 25th.  Festivities begin at 11am and the top three teams all receive prizes. Early registration is...

ANSWERING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS

How do we move forward? What do we do now? My life will never be the same! All of these are common questions individuals have after losing someone close to suicide. It is essential that they are asked as they are key to the recovery process. To often people want to...

SUICIDE. SUCH A DAUNTING WORD

Suicide.  Such a daunting word with such a punch, for me it packed an additional punch because it was my spouse who was the one who died by suicide.  The person who is supposed to stand by you for better and for worse is suddenly gone.  I had tons of people offering...

ANSWERING THE CALL

Suicide.  That word alone can make you feel a wide variety of emotions.  Sadness, remorse, regret, shame, and sometimes anger.  What is it about that word that makes people react to it that way?  The word itself, along with the image that comes to mind is 'ugly'. ...

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