Responding After Suicide

A Practical Guide to Immediate Postvention

This practical guide about what first responders should do after a suicide, offers advice on identifying and recording a death as suicide, breaking the bad news and dealing with the impact of suicide in the short, middle and long term.

Drawing on her own experience as a first responder and trainer, the author provides guidance and tips for best practice when responding to a suicide. These include what can happen to the body in the immediate aftermath, how to talk to the bereaved to limit or prevent secondary trauma, and how to manage suicide in public arenas such as schools. The scenarios covered include detailed scripts of how to deal with difficult situations. There are also sections that tackle complex issues such as religious or cultural customs, and unusual cases of suicide which can pose extra challenges.

Straightforward and full of sage advice, each chapter includes real-world examples from the author's many years working as a first responder which highlight how suicide postvention techniques can be applied.
£18.99
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Press reviews for: Responding After Suicide

Mark Woodland, Victims' Services Coordinator and previous Welfare Manager, Greater Manchester Police

Andrea has created the go-to book for all professionals whose work touches upon this complex and emotive world. Written with beautiful simplicity, great insight, and no small degree of empathy. This will be your subject matter bible.

Dr. Edith Gorlee, Forensic Medical Examiner

This essential book about suicide postvention is easy to read and highly recommended! A practical guide, with recognizable case studies, this book explains the complex interaction with the bereaved after suicide.

Julie Cerel, PhD, Past-President, American Association of Suicidology

With the unique perspective of a first responder, Andrea Walraven-Thissesn has everything she needs in her backpack to help us understand what happens at the scene of a suicide and how to help those left behind. Responding After Suicide: A Practical Guide to Immediate Postvention provides a compassionate and thorough look at what happens at suicide scenes and how first responders can provide support and accurate information to families and communities left behind.

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