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Partnering with American Indians and Alaska Natives in Suicide Postvention

A suicide can have a devastating impact on a Village, Tribe, or organization especially if there aren’t policies and procedures in place for responding to a suicide death.  Postvention is a proactive planning tool to help service providers respond effectively in the aftermath of a suicide or any sudden death.

Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, postvention becomes an integral part of suicide prevention efforts.  

Master trainer/clinicians conduct the six-hour training that includes activities, interactive case scenarios, PowerPoint, facilitated discussion, and written materials. Based on National Best Practice protocols for each discipline, the curriculum promotes collaboration between service providers.

Prior to training, Connect staff will consult with a tribal organization to customize the training for cultural effectiveness. Read more

Please select from the audiences below for more detailed information.

American Indian/Alaska Native
Colleges and Universities
Emergency Medical Services
Faith Leaders/Communities
Funeral Directors
Hospitals/Emergency Rooms

Law Enforcement
Medical Examiners/Coroners
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Providers
Primary Care Providers
Social Service Agencies 

Individuals who have had a loss from suicide, particularly a recent loss (such as within the past year), may find that a suicide prevention training evokes discomfort and/or feelings of regret. It is recommended that anyone who is impacted by a loss to suicide contact the instructor before attending the training to determine their readiness for prevention training and to discuss any alternative programs which may be more appropriate. Similarly, although Postvention training is focused on healing, the subject matter may be difficult for newer survivors. Survivors are encouraged to contact Connect staff in advance to discuss their readiness for participation.