International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
When seemingly happy, travel-infatuated CJ Twomey violently ended his own life at age 20, his family was plunged into unrelenting grief and guilt. In a moment of desperate inspiration, his mother Hallie put out an open call on Facebook, looking only for a handful of travelers who might help fulfill her son’s wish to see the world by scattering some of his ashes in a place of beauty or special meaning.
Twenty-one thousand strangers liked the Facebook page, and one thousand volunteers have since taken CJ to over one hundred countries. While crisscrossing the globe, his ashes and his family’s story have given rise to a social media phenomenon — a worldwide community — that has congregated in solidarity and empathy in dealing with a still heavily stigmatized and misunderstood form of mental illness.
In honor of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, Helpline will be hosting a free online screening of ‘Scattering CJ’ on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The film will be presented on Zoom, followed by a discussion forum for viewers who wish to discuss the topics addressed in the documentary and give and receive mutual support.
To join us for this moving portrayal of this family’s grief and healing, please register at https://bit.ly/scatteringcj
As you register, there is an opportunity to enter your loved one’s name and instructions on submitting their photo, if you choose to do so. We plan on running a video of those names and photos both before and after the program. Also, there is a limited number of cardinal “pocket charms” that we have available to those who register. They will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.