Our support group LISOS (Long Island Survivors of Suicide) meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Temple Tikvah – New Hyde Park, 3315 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park, NY 11030. We meet in the temple library every second Wednesday of the month unless it becomes necessary to alter a meeting date. Meetings begin at 7:15 PM and usually will end at 9:30PM. Newcomers to our meetings are advised to come to their first meeting at 7:00PM where they will receive a personal introduction to our group. Although meetings take place in a religious institution it is important to recognize that our group is non-sectarian and non-denominational.
Everyone is welcome: members of any faith, those claiming no religious affiliations, and people of all racial and cultural affiliations. There are no socio-economic restrictions for membership. At our meetings we will pass around a basket collecting nominal voluntary contributions to offer our hosts, as an expression of our gratitude for the use of their facilities.
We expect that our membership base will consist of survivors of suicide i.e. those who lost loved ones to suicide, those who lost a child, parent, spouse or partner, sibling, other relative or friend to suicide. Suicide cuts across most boundaries of class, professions and educational differences and we have among our ranks many professionals and laypeople, all sharing the common interest in how we survive after suicide loss. Suicide survivors who not only have lost someone to suicide but also struggle with their own depression and/or prior history of suicidality are also welcome.
We also will be pleased to welcome any other survivors of traumatic deaths of loved ones. We clearly identify ourselves as a self-help group of laypersons and do not profess any professional expertise in the treatment of mental illnesses.