To provide emotional support to survivors of suicide loss and educate our community about issues related to suicide.
It is our vision to integrate with community partners to broaden the scope of suicide awareness and survivor support through increased opportunities for support, healing and education of mental health issues.
Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss (Fresno SOS) began in 1985 when parents, Dick and Sandy Gallagher, lost their 17 year old son, David, to suicide. Following David’s death, the Gallagher’s shared their personal story through a local news program. The community began requesting presentations in classrooms and to community groups. In these early days, Dick and Sandy also started a support group for survivors of suicide loss that continues to meet monthly. Fresno SOS became incorporated and received non-profit status in 1992 and 1993, respectively. Our dual mission brings to our community two types of services: Survivor Support and Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness.
We are not a crisis, therapy, or counseling service. We are concerned citizens who seek to help each other through the grief journey and build awareness about this leading cause of death. We encourage you to learn about us and support our mission.