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Responding After Suicide

Responding After Suicide

A Practical Guide to Immediate Postvention

Andrea Walraven-Thissen

Quick Overview

This book offers an overview of what happens as a first responder in the immediate aftermath of suicide. It explains how professionals can identify and record a death as suicide, how to talk to the bereaved, and how to handle complex and unusual cases.
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Paperback / softback
2019, 8.98in x 5.91in / 228mm x 150mm, 208pp
ISBN: 9781785925610
2019, ePUB
ISBN: 978-1-78450-958-3
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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.


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

'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.'
- Dr. Edith Gorlee, Forensic Medical Examiner

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