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Support offered for loved ones of suicide victims

The support of others is a big key at different stages in life, and that support is crucial when a loved one has died by suicide.

Close to 20 people attended the International Survivors of Suicide activities at Flint Hills Technical College on Saturday night.

Among those sitting in was Vickie Seastrom, who lost her son Ryan to suicide a little over a year ago.

Seastrom says it still can be very difficult moving forward after her son's death. She says she didn't have any indications that was an option until it happened.

Chris Turner lost her mother to suicide three years ago.

A local suicide support group is in the planning process. Turner says that would be invaluable locally.

Recent statistics show Kansas had a 30-percent increase in suicides from 2011 to last year.

For more information, call Sandy Humphreys at 343-0843 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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