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. 


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Suicide Postvention and Community Response

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. On average, approximately 48,000 people die by suicide in the United States annually. There are about two and a half times as many suicides in…


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The Trevor Project and Suicide Prevention in the Young LGBTQ+ Community

In a 2020 research study by The Trevor Project, an astonishing 40 percent of LGBTQ+ people under the age of 25 reported that they had seriously contemplated suicide in the past 12 months. An associated stark reality is that when asked about suicidal thoughts or suicidal ideations, a notable percentage of people will not honestly…


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Young People and Complications From COVID Virus in Suicide Postvention

Young people who lose someone because of a suicide death face an array of significant challenges, even during the proverbial “best of times.” Life during the coronavirus pandemic generally cannot be considered the “best of times” for many reasons. The pandemic has had and is likely to continue to have a negative impact on day…


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Understanding the Grief of Children Who Lose a Loved One by Death by Suicide

The grief process following the death by suicide of a loved one can be profound, even traumatic. The reality of the complexities and difficulties associated with the grieving process following the death by suicide of a loved one extends to adults, young people, and children alike. When it comes to understanding the grief of children…


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Suicide Postvention: Language Matters

“Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg Yehuda Berg has beautifully explained the words. Simply, words matter. And they matter a great deal when it comes to suicide postvention or dealing with issues following the death…


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Alarming Suicide Statistics

Suicide is a major public health issue in the United States and in other countries around the world. Ultimately, understanding the facts and circumstances associated with a particular death by suicide are crucial. With that noted, considering broader statistics can also be illuminating and help us to better understand the pervasive nature of suicide in…


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Supporting Ancillary Staff Following the Death of a Student by Suicide

Researchers and suicidologists have determined that approximately 150 people are affected when a person dies by suicide. This number represents people who are more directly impacted by the death by suicide of someone with a connection in their lives. In addition to these individuals more directly affected, there is another cohort of people that are…


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Overview of the TAPS Three-Phase Postvention Model

TAPS is the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Suicide deaths are the most common types of referrals made to TAPS. More information about TAPS itself is presented in a moment. Through its work with survivors of tragic, untimely deaths of loved ones in the military services, the organization created the TAPS Three-Phase Postvention Model. The…


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Core Suicide Postvention Principles

Suicide postvention is defined as activities that are designed to reduce risk and promote healing in the aftermath of a death by suicide, according to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. There are a set of principles associated with suicide postvention. These postvention principles are: Public health problem Appropriate grief process Proper suicide prevention actions Suicide…


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Understanding the Suicide Ecological Model

As part of suicide postvention, it is important to understand how a death by suicide impacts certain cohorts of people. For example, the impact of a death by suicide is different on surviving family members than it is on professional colleagues. The Suicide Ecological Model is designed to assist in understanding how a death by…