Death by suicide is barred none one of the most difficult ways in which a loved one can die. The aftermath presents an emotionally challenging situation for survivors of suicide loss. This includes facing the prospect of suicide cleanup following a traumatic death of this nature. Survivors of suicide loss, typically family members, face the tremendous task of seeing to the remediation of the scene. The additional emotional toll that suicide cleanup can vest upon survivors underscores the need for compassionate professional assistance. 

Understanding Suicide Contagion

Time and again, there are media reports about a person dying by suicide and then another person somehow connected to that individual also dying by suicide. This phenomenon happens with such frequency at this juncture in time it has been given its own name: suicide contagion. Because suicide contagion is a recurring and relatively widespread…


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Schools and Suicide: Understanding Suicide Contagion and Strategies To Prevent It

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a concise, direct, plain English definition of suicide contagion: Suicide contagion is the exposure to suicide or suicidal behaviors within one’s family, one’s peer group, or through media reports of suicide and can result in an increase in suicide and suicidal behaviors. Direct and indirect…


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Promote Healthy Grieving Following the Death of a Student by Suicide

Survivors of the suicide of a student or young person face particularly striking challenges. Perhaps these are no more pronounced than they are in the grieving process. With this in mind, there are some key, fundamental steps associated with a healthy grieving process following the death of a student by suicide. These are: Accept the…


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Suicide Postvention Guiding Principles

The Specialists at the Riverside Trauma Center have developed a set of guiding principles associated with the suicide postvention process. These principles are designed to provide a pathway to assist survivors of suicide of a young person or student in addressing this particularly tragic type of death. The five primary guiding principles are: Avoid oversimplifying…


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Schools and Survivors of Student Suicides: Postvention Goals and Objectives

One of the most traumatic events that can occur in the life of a high school, middle school, and even elementary school student in this day and age is the death of a peer by suicide. Because of the truly harrowing nature of a young person losing a peer by suicide, special attention must be…


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2020 National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental and Suicide

The Trevor Project launched its second National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health in 2020. Experts generally are only now beginning to better understand the mental health impact of the multiple crises that we’ve faced during 2020. One fact remains consistent in 2020: suicide remains a public health crisis. Suicide consistently is ranked as the…