Episode 17: Survivors of Suicide: You Are Not Alone with Joyce Bruggeman & Floyd Strayer

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Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about. And because of the stigma surrounding suicide, many survivors of suicide may feel shunned, guilty, and alone. But this needs to change to help end the vicious cycle. In this episode, we talk with Joyce Bruggeman, the Executive Director of the amazing organization Survivors of Suicide Loss in San Diego to discuss why sharing our stories of suicide is so important for not only healing, but to also help prevent others from taking their own lives. Joyce is joined by Floyd Strayer, a Veteran who is dedicating his time to share his own stories of how he has been affected by suicide.

Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL): www.soslsd.org/
SOSL’s 3rd Annual Ride for Life & After Party: www.soslsd.org/get-involved/sosls-3rd-annual-ride-for-life-after-party/
SOSL’s Walk in Remembrance With Hope: walkinginhopesd.rallybound.org/

Joyce Bruggeman

Joyce Bruggeman

Floyd Strayer

Floyd Strayer


Executive Director of Survivors of Suicide Loss

Survivors of Suicide Loss in San Diego, an amazing non-profit that reaches out to and supports people who have lost a loved one to suicide and help them cope with the aftermath of the loss.   After losing her own husband to suicide, Joyce set out on a mission to educate the public in dealing with the trauma and stigma the survivors of suicide face so that this horrible cycle does not continue.


SOSL’s 3rd Annual Ride for Life & After Party


Purchase SOSL's book, Beyond Surviving, on Amazon.com!

Floyd Strayer

Floyd served 21 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps and is the Military Sub-committee chair for Survivors of Suicide Loss San Diego.  He has also been personally affected by suicide and has an active role in the San Diego community using public speaking engagements to help spread the message of suicide prevention to the military.

SOSL’s Walk in Remembrance With Hope https://walkinginhopesd.rallybound.org/


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