Losing a loved one to suicide is a painful, challenging and confusing experience. A loss through suicide is like no other, and grieving can be especially complex and traumatic. Whether you are looking for help with your grief or at a place where you are ready to give back and help others who may be struggling, there are supports and resources available. These supports are often referred to as Postvention.

 

WHAT IS SUICIDE POSTVENTION AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT?

Suicide Postvention describes the support provided to those who have lost someone to suicide. Although postvention occurs after a death by suicide, it is preventive in that it reduces suicide risk by identifying and supporting the emotional and mental health needs of the survivors. These supports may include Local Outreach to Suicide Survivor Teams, Support Groups, as well as one on one professional and peer support.

Connecting to services and supports as soon as possible can help reduce stigma, restore hope and promote healing. Take a few minutes to watch the video learn more about postvention.

 

 

Communities can provide hope to people impacted by a suicide loss.

Suicide is a public health issue that deserves to be responded to in proportion to its impact.