Delayed Response

WHAT IS A DELAYED RESPONSE AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT?

  • It is not always possible to connect with people impacted by a suicide loss immediately. Following up at a later time or date is called a Delayed Response.
  • Often, people bereaved by suicide can feel isolated, like no one understands. A thoughtful connection is a way to let them know that there are resources and other loss survivors in their community.

HOW TO CONDUCT A DELAYED RESPONSE?

  • When calling someone bereaved by suicide be sure to plan out what you'll say ahead of time.
  • Determine what your expected outcome is (an invitation to meet, to ask if you could send some free resources)
  • Be brief, brief, brief with your introduction. Too many words from a stranger can be overwhelming to someone newly bereaved.
  • Because you're a stranger, it is important to quickly identify yourself as partnering with law enforcement and/or the coroner's office so the newly bereaved know how you received their information.
  • Be sure to identify yourself as someone who has also been impacted by a suicide loss.
  • Calling a Survivor protocol

 

 

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.