Postvention refers to activities that reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide death. Although postvention is implemented after a suicide it is essential that we prepare for postvention before a suicide.
Bereavement after suicide shares characteristics with other types of bereavement, yet it is also different. Understanding how and why it differs is helpful when supporting people who have suffered a loss from suicide.
U.S. National Guidelines
In 2015, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention released the first-ever U.S. national guidelines for suicide postvention: “Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide”.
Resources for Professionals
Although this is not a clearinghouse for all professional resources, we share some of the key postvention tools created by organizations dedicated to shaping best practices in this growing field.