Essential questions on suicide bereavement and postvention

Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska

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Abstract

During the past decades public and research interest in postvention, i.e., support for families and communities after a suicide, has increased. However, the postvention field is still facing a number of important challenges and questions. This article aims to discuss a series of essential issues on suicide bereavement and postvention, regarding the current state of the art and future developments. Who is a suicide survivor and how many suicide survivors are there? Is suicide bereavement different from other types of bereavement? What are the needs of suicide survivors and what is postvention from a clinical perspective and from a public health perspective? Can postvention be prevention? With this last question, the article concludes with a series of recommendations in order to strengthen the potential of postvention as prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-32
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bereavement
  • Policy
  • Postvention
  • Prevention
  • Public health
  • Suicide

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