Jill McMahon is a licensed professional counselor focusing her work on grief and loss. She has specialized in working with Survivors of Suicide for the last 17 years. She helped to build the LOSS (Local Outreach for Suicide Survivors) Program through EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center. This prevention program provides support services for Survivors of suicide from the inception of death, often times comforting families at the scene of a suicide. Jill can also be found providing suicide prevention presentations and trainings around the community, as well as speaking about Survivors of Suicide and complicated grief, nationally and internationally. She has been featured on several podcasts, and has helped to provide information for several publications.
Jill's private practice, Spring Returns Counseling Services, can be found in Scottsdale, AZ. Through this practice she focuses on helping families maneuver this unique and complicated loss. She realizes no one is exempt from the complicated loss of someone to suicide, and the effects left behind are often tangled and complex. She believes each person closely related to a sudden loss has experienced a trauma and should be treated as such.
In the beginning, it was a difficult decision to share something as deeply personal as my journal. It meant opening the door and saying, “Please come in. Have a seat and watch the worst and most embarrassing moments of my life. Watch me become someone my family and friends don’t recognize. Someone you might not like. Watch me be the worst version of myself. Watch me unravel.”
In Frantic Unleashed, Part I of the Frantic Series, survivor Missy Palrang describes her daily struggles following her husband’s death by suicide. Her journal is filled with raw emotion and insight. She describes her struggles with learning to live again and regain joy in this new and foreign world she’s been forced to enter.