Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses
Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), 2014
This resource is intended for use by colleges and universities that are affected by and/or want to be prepared for campus crises and campus deaths. Suicide postvention efforts address the need for predetermined strategies to effectively and sensitively respond to campus deaths after they occur and also contribute to improved prevention efforts. This resource defines specific areas of consideration and planning and offers suggestions for best practices. Planning and implementation of postvention efforts rely heavily on using an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes the skills and resources of administrators, practitioners and the greater campus community. These disciplines will ideally collaborate in the postvention planning and coordination, implementation of postvention efforts, clinical services, communication efforts, and decisions about holding memorials and other related events with the goal of helping the community return to a normal routine.