Kay Warren hosts event for suicide survivors

For the past seven years, Kay Warren has hosted an annual gathering at Saddle­back Church in honor of Sur­vi­vors of Suicide Loss Day. During that time, Warren said, there have been many strides in mental health awareness. One thing remains constant, though.

“The pain is the same,” said Warren, who lost her son Matthew to suicide in 2013. “The two hardest deaths to process, and mourn, and grieve and walk through, are suicide and murder.” Both involve deep trauma, she said.

The event at Saddleback coincided with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, which was designated by Congress as a day when those affected by suicide can gather for support. It was created after former US Senate majority leader Harry Reid, whose father died by suicide, introduced a resolution in 1999. This day is commemorated on the Satur­day before Thanksgiving.