Title

Suicide Postvention: How to Help the Bereaved Move Forward

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2016

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

David J. Roseborough

Abstract

The purpose of this research project was to explore the positive impact of implementing suicide postvention services in working with those who are bereaved. Suicide is a complex global issue that leaves survivors often struggling to figure out what to do next and how best to move forward. This narrative review focused on active postvention services, with particular attention to protocols in postsecondary educational settings (college and university campuses) and in community settings. Previous research has shown that in providing postvention services, in conjunction with prevention and intervention services, survivors have fostered resiliency and are often better equipped to move forward in the healing process. Findings from this study indicate that additional research would be valuable, especially research focused on ways to effectively expand postvention services in order to help survivors of both recent and more longstanding loss.

Keywords

suicide postvention, community of survivors

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