New Baystate program will help children cope with suicide of loved ones

Hampden County

A Baystate Medical Center program will help children cope with the loss of a loved one to suicide.

The New York Life Foundation has made the program possible with a $100,000 grant to Baystate’s Family Advocacy Center in Springfield.

The Center will help children ages 3 through 17 handle the emotional stress from a loved one taking their own life.

Jessica Wozniak from the Baystate Family Advocacy Center told 22News, “What they’re going through is what we call traumatic grief. The trauma over the death of the loved ones in violent way. They’re having post traumatic stress symptoms. That prevents them from going through the normal grieving process.”

The Children’s Suicide Bereavement program will start with helping nearly 50 children deal with their emotional problems brought on by a loved one taking their own life.

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