What is Postvention?

Postvention is a term often used in the suicide prevention field. The definition below is from the U.S. national guidelines developed by the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force.
Postvention is an organized response in the aftermath of a suicide to accomplish any one or more of the following:
  • To facilitate the healing of individuals from the grief and distress of suicide loss
  • To mitigate other negative effects of exposure to suicide
  • To prevent suicide among people who are at high-risk after exposure to suicide
The Suicide Prevention Coalition hosted two trainings in 2017, Pillars of Postvention and Developing a Community Response to Postvention. We will be holding a follow-up meeting for those who attended these meetings as well as any others who are interested. Anyone who is interested in learning more about this, please contact Susan Jenkins at 315-697-3947.

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