In honor of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day in November, the South Pasadena Public Library is hosting Suicide Is Everyone’s Business: A Mother’s Grief Memoir and Suicide Prevention Awareness program on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room located at 1115 El Centro Street. Former South Pasadena resident Susan Auerbach discusses her book about the aftermath of the suicide of her son, 21-year-old Noah Langholz. She bears witness to the devastation of traumatic grief for those left behind while offering insight and inspiration to help survivors heal and help others to understand their experience. She is joined by Sandri Kramer, a suicide prevention specialist, who shares information and tips on warning signs for suicide and how to help those who may be at risk. Books will be available for sale and signing after the event.
Susan Auerbach is the author of I’ll Write Your Name on Every Beach: A Mother’s Quest for Comfort, Courage and Clarity After Suicide Loss (Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2017) and the blog “Walking the Mourner’s Path After a Child’s Suicide.” A member of the advisory boards of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Network and Survivors After Suicide of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, she does public speaking about suicide with Teen Line and other organizations. She is also Professor Emeritus of Education at California State University, Northridge.
Sandri Kramer, previously Crisis Line Director of the Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, has 23+ years of experience in suicide prevention and crisis center work. Currently, as Suicide Prevention Project Manager for the organization, she is developing SPC’s online crisis services, broadening its role in emergency management with the national Disaster Distress Helpline, and strengthening the center’s partnerships with law enforcement agencies. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Crisis Organization Directors (NASCOD) and as a member of the Board of the Emergency Network Los Angeles (ENLA).
For more information about other upcoming free Library programs, visit the Library at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena or call Adult Services at (626) 403-7350. Library hours are Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Monday and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/southpasadenalibrary.
Upon request made no later than four (4) business days before the event, the City will provide a reasonable accommodation for a qualified person with a disability to have equal access to the event. Please contact ADA Coordinator and Human Resources Manager, Mariam Lee Ko, at (626) 403-7312 or fill out the City’s request form available at www.southpasadenaca.gov and email the form to Human Resources at HR@southpasadenaca.gov.