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IASP Special Interest Group - Suicide Bereavement and Postvention

Rationale:

To promote collaboration and evidence in research and practice in the fields of suicide exposure and bereavement and postvention services.

Objectives:

  1. To hold a meeting of members at biannual world congress, to evaluate past activities and plan future goals and activities.
  2. To ensure appropriate representation of postvention at IASP and similar conferences.
  3. To contribute to the IASP newsletter.
  4. To ensure appropriate communication between members, with the TF established under the SIG umbrella.
  5. To identify initiatives to be undertaken by TFs, to be subsequently reported to the Board of IASP.

Resources:

Preventing Suicide - How to Start a Survivors' Group (IASP/WHO publication)

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Suicide Bereavement (Postvention) - Survivor Guides (Offers a listing of guides and information relating to suicide bereavement for suicide survivors.)

National Survivor Organisations

European Directory of Suicide Survivor Services

International Listing of Suicide Survivor Services


Newsletter


Supplemental newsletter for IASP 28th World Congress

Leonore Hanssens shares a paper presented at the 4th Australian Postvention Conference, held in June, 2014, in Sydney, Australia, entitled, "The impact of 5uicide Contagion and Echo Clusters in remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Australia."

A Handrail on my Journey; Providing Support for People Bereaved by Suicide in Sydney, Australia is the title of this artitle written by Jane Mowll of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Sydney and The University of Notre Dame, Australia. Learn about the SUpport After Suicide Program, now in its 14th year.

Director of Services with Consile, the National Suicide Charity, Ciarán, pens a a report on extending bereavement supports after suicide in Ireland. Learn about the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service that was introduced this year in five new regional areas, with a dedicated liaison officer working in each area. Read to discover what the Service intends to offer.

Karl Andriessen provides postvention highlights from the 15th ESSSB symposium, held in Tallinn, Estonia, in August, 2014.

Browse to find a Six Month Review of the IASP Bereavement and Postvention Special Interest Group. See proposed activities over the nex six months.

Learn about upcoming events and contact details.

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On September 15, 2011, some of the world's leading experts in suicide crisis response gathered together to explore some of the difficult aspects in "postvention" (what we do after a suicide to provide psychological first aid and minimizing the tragic impact in individuals and communities). In this video representatives from Australia, Thailand, Slovenia, New Zealand, UK, Japan, Belgium, and the USA discuss some of the goals and strategies of postvention work that appear to sometimes work against each other or cause confusion. This conversation was part of the International Association of Suicide Prevention's Annual Congress held in Beijing, China.

Tensions in Postvention Part I: How Do We Honor Loss While Preventing Contagion After Suicide?

Aftermath of Suicide Tensions in Postvention


Papers:

Andriessen K: Suicide survivors activities: an international perspective
Andriessen K: How to increase suicide survivor support? Experiences from the national survivor programme in Flanders - Belgium (pdf)
2nd International Suicide Postvention Seminar 28th August 2007 (pdf) - Killarney, Ireland
Grad O: Guidelines to Assist Clinical Staff After the Suicide of a Patient (pdf)
REVIEW OF SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT & POSTVENTION RESEARCH (pdf)
(This review offers a complete list of papers (N=443) (published between 1965 and February 2015) representing the results described in the study by Maple et al (2017). A Systematic Mapping of Suicide Bereavement and Postvention Research and a Proposed Strategic Research Agenda, as published in IASP's journal Crisis.)


Co-chairs

The SIG Co-Chairs are: Myfanwy Maple, Sean McCarthy, Vita Postuvan and Sharon McDonnell.

If you would like to join this SIG please contact Caroline at Research@iasp.info