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Reduce Suicide Risk and Promote Healing - Suicide Postvention Training

A suicide can have a devastating impact on a community or organization. The shock and grief can ripple thoughout the community affecting friends, co-workers, schools, and faith communities. Connect postvention training helps service providers respond in a coordinated and comprehensive way in the aftermath of a suicide or any sudden death.

Developing a Suicide Postvention Response Plan

This practical, interactive two- day training presents the Connect postvention curriculum (Day One) and facilitates the creation of a comprehensive postvention plan for your community (Day Two).  Read more…

“Postvention Train-the-Trainer” and “Developing a Community Postvention Response Plan” COMBINED.

Offering a comprehensive four-day
 program in suicide postvention

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.  

More than "just training", Connect fosters relationship building and the exchange of resources among participants.  Prior to the training, Connect staff work with the host agency to identify and incorporate local cultural issues and begin planning how the training will be applied and sustained.

Connect has developed postvention protocols for educators, emergency medical services, faith leaders, funeral directors, law enforcement, mental health/substance abuse providers, medical examiners, coroners, military, and social service providers.

Master trainer/clinicians conduct the six-hour training that includes activities, interactive case scenarios,  discussion, PowerPoint, and printed materials. A three-day Train-the-Trainer is also available.

Connect staff will consult with a tribal organization to customize the training. Read more

Training Highlights:

  • Best practices on how to coordinate a comprehensive and safe response to a suicide
  • Strategies for reducing the risk of contagion
  • Review of the complexity of suicide-related grief, especially for different age groups
  • Recommendations for funerals and memorial activities
  • Suggestions of how to talk to survivors of suicide loss to promote their healing
  • Best practices for safe messaging about suicide and responding to the media
  • Identification of community resources to promote healing

Connect Suicide Postvention training can be provided in the following formats:

  1. Training - one day (six hours)   See above for curriculum.
  2. Training and Planning -  two days.  Day One presents the Connect curriculum.  Day Two optimizes the training in Day One by facilitating the development of a postvention response plan.  The interactive planning process empowers a community to create a plan based on 15 key elements from Day One in the context of their own culture and available resources. (read more)
  3. Train-the-trainer - three days.  (read more)
  4. Combination: Postvention Respons Plan and Train-the-Trainer - four days.   This comprehensive format includes training, developing a plan, and creating a team of local trainers to provide on-going training.  The T4T component creates sustainability and strengthens the plan across service sectors of the community.

Please select from the audiences below for more detailed information.

American Indians/Alaska Natives
Colleges and Universities
Emergency Medical Services
Faith Leaders/Communities
Funeral Directors
Hospital Emergency Departments
Law Enforcement

Medical Examiners/Coroners
Mental Health and 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.