Chrysalis is a support group for family and friends left behind when someone dies by suicide. It’s offered through the Lake County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Chrysalis is family members and friends leaning on each other and learning from each other.
When and where does Chrysalis meet?
The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, located at 7989 Little Mountain Road- just south of Johnnycake Ridge Road (Route 84) in Mentor.
Is there any cost to attend?
Why the name?
A chrysalis is the cocoon from which a butterfly emerges. It’s a protected environment in which growth can occur. We think the word offers a great metaphor for what the group can offer.
Who can come to Chrysalis meetings?
Meetings are open to adults and older teens. At this time, we do not have child care for younger children.
Do I need to call ahead if I’m planning to attend?
No need to call ahead. We invite you to just come, but if you have further questions or need additional information, please call the Lake County Compass Line at 440-918-2000 or 440-350-2000 (Monday-Friday 8:30 to 4:30).
Does the group have a religious affiliation?
No. Chrysalis is open to anyone, regardless of personal beliefs.
What can I expect at meetings?
The meetings are a time for sharing and listening in a safe and confidential setting. You will be with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide. Our goal is to facilitate ways for attendees to gain insight, knowledge and perspective from others who have “been there.” Meetings are facilitated by members of the Lake County Suicide Prevention Coalition. All facilitators have been trained through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Group Facilitation. There are two facilitators at each meeting. Facilitators are survivors of suicide loss themselves.
Will I be asked to speak?
Only if and when you’re comfortable doing so. In the meantime, you’ll be able to gain comfort and broaden your understanding by listening to others talk about their experiences.
How can I find out more?
Call the Lake County ADAMHS Board’s Compass Line at 918-2000 or 350-2000 (both 440).