One of the services provided by the Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition includes postvention response.
What is Postvention?
Postvention is a term often used in the suicide prevention field. The definition below is from the U.S. national guidelines developed by the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force.
Postvention is an organized response in the aftermath of a suicide(or other traumatic loss) to accomplish any one or more of the following:
-To facilitate the healing of individuals from the grief and distress of suicide loss
-To mitigate other negative effects of exposure to suicide
-To prevent suicide among people who are at high risk after exposure to suicide
To contact the Coalition about postvention services, support for family members, co-workers, or friends or others who may be grieving, call the Hopeline at 800-440-8074 or make an online referral here https://mhainessex.wufoo.com/forms/mobile-crisis-referral/.
Here are some resources that might be helpful following a suicide or traumatic loss:
Youth Responses to Death and How to Help
Helping Survivor’s of Suicide Loss
Coping With the Loss of a Loved One
If you or someone you know might be having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), Essex County Mental Health Crisis line at 888-854-3773 or the MHA Hopeline at 800-440-8074. All lines are 24/7, free and confidential.