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Training Medical Examiners and Coroners in Suicide Postvention

Medical examiners and coroners play an important role in reducing risk and promoting healing following a suicide death. Through the death investigation process medical examiners and coroners collect information that is critical to the determination regarding the cause and manner of death. This information is important to the next of kin as well as public health efforts to reduce suicide.

Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, taking steps to reduce risk and promote healing (postvention) becomes an important part of suicide prevention efforts. The contact that medical examiners and coroners have with next of kin can be critical in helping to promote healing and connecting the immediate family (survivors) with resources and support.  For more information, click here.