The holiday season is a time for joy and happiness but it can also be one of the most painful times of the year for those who have lost loved ones.

On Wednesday night, the Help Network gave families a chance to recognize those who passed away from suicide.

It was a closed ceremony but the Help Network wants people to know it has several programs available during the holiday season if you’re dealing with this grief.

“Everybody is happy, everybody is wishing people Merry Christmas or Happy New Year, and folks who have lost people to suicide feel so lost,” said Cathy Grizinski, with the Help Network.

If you’re looking for a support group, there’s one that meets in Boardman at Disciples Christian Church on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Groups meet at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday and 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday at Columbiana County Counseling Center.

If you are or if someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Help Network:

  • Mahoning and Trumbull counties: 330-747-2696
  • Columbiana County: 330-424-7767
  • East Palestine, Sebring, Beloit and west Columbiana County: 1-800-427-3606
  • Nationwide: 1-800-273-8255