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Friends for Survival Guest Speaker: Franklin Cook, MA, CPC
Franklin Cook has been a peer grief helper since 1999, first working exclusively with the suicide bereaved, then also helping U.S. military families bereaved by any manner of death. For the past three years, he has specialized in peer grief support for people bereaved by a death from substance use—and now manages SADOD (Support After a Death by Overdose), a statewide project funded by the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services that is implementing peer grief support services for family members, people in recovery, and frontline care providers affected by substance-use fatalities. Franklin is an experienced program developer, trainer, and advocate in his field, and has served on the boards of directors of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) and the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors. He also co-led the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, which in 2015 published national guidelines for suicide grief support. He was named Survivor of the Year in 2013 by the American Association of Suicidology, and he has been a member of the Lifeline Individual and Family Lived Experience Committee since 2005. Franklin supports the practice of peer grief help in memory of his father, Joseph, who died by suicide in 1978 after a lifelong struggle with alcoholism.

Jul 7, 2020 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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