Resources for Survivors of Suicide

GRIEF IN GENERAL

WEBSITES FOR SURVIVORS

  1. Comprehensive
  2. Special Populations
  3. Military, Veterans & Family

MATERIALS FOR SURVIVORS

  1. Booklets
  2. Handouts
  3. For Children

POSTVENTION GUIDELINES

INTERACTIVE ONLINE SUPPORT

  1. Forums, Listservs
  2. Chats
  3. Blogs

RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS

  1. Basic Principles
  2. Immediately after a Death
  3. Helping Children

 

 

GRIEF IN GENERAL

  1. Coping with Grief and Loss: Understanding the Grieving Process (Helpguide): bit.ly/griefunderstanding
  2. Understanding Grief, by Kenneth Doka (Hospice Foundation of America), webinar: audio, bit.ly/doka-griefaudio; slides, bit.ly/doka-griefslides; transcript, bit.ly/doka-grieftext

 

POSTVENTION GUIDELINES

  1. After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools (AFSP, SPRC): bit.ly/sprc-schoolpostvention
  2. Connect Postvention Training (NAMI-New Hampshire): bit.ly/connect-postvention
  3. Lifelines Postvention: Responding to Suicide and Other Traumatic Death (Hazelden), manual: bit.ly/lifeline-schoolpostvention
  4. Riverside Trauma Center Postvention Protocols: bit.ly/riverside-postvention
  5. Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Guidelines: A Resource for School Personnel (Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program): bit.ly/maine-schoolmanual

 

WEBSITES FOR SURVIVORS

 

Comprehensive

  1. Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors: www.forsuicidesurvivors.org
  2. American Association of Suicidology survivor page: bit.ly/aas-survivors
  3.  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention survivor page: bit.ly/afsp-survivors
  4.  Friends for Survival: www.friendsforsurvival.org
  5.  Grief after Suicide: bit.ly/suicidegriefsupport
  6.  Heartbeat: heartbeatsurvivorsaftersuicide.org
  7.  SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) survivor page: www.save.org/coping
  8.  Suicide Prevention Resource Center survivor page: bit.ly/sprc-survivors
  9.  Suicide Prevention Resource Center suicide bereavement library: bit.ly/sprc-survivorlibrary
  10.  Suicide: Finding Hope: www.suicidefindinghope.com

 

Special Populations of Survivors

  1. Caregivers: Clinician Survivor Task Force (AAS): bit.ly/aas-cliniciansurvivors
  2. Children:
  1. A Child in Grief (New York Life Foundation): bit.ly/achildingrief
  2. Dougy Center: www.dougy.org/grief-resources
  3. KIDSAID (GriefNet): www.kidsaid.com
  1. Parents: The Compassionate Friends: www.compassionatefriends.org
  2. People of color: National Organization for People of Color against Suicide: www.nopcas.com

 

Military, Veterans, Family Members

  1. Make the Connection: Death of Family or Friends (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), personal testimonials and resources for veterans: bit.ly/vetgriefconnection (resources for families: bit.ly/vetfamilyfriends)
  2. Military HOMEFRONT (U.S. Department of Defense, Casualty Assistance Program), for families of wounded or deceased service members: 1.usa.gov/militaryhomefront
  3. TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), private organization providing bereavement support to service members, veterans, and their families: www.taps.org

 

MATERIALS FOR SURVIVORS

 

Booklets

  1. Coping with the Loss of a Friend or Loved One (SAVE): bit.ly/save-copingwithloss
  2. Hope and Healing after Suicide (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario): bit.ly/camh-hopehealing
  3. SOS: A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide (AAS): bit.ly/aas-store
  4. Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Resource and Healing Guide (AFSP): bit.ly/afsp-survivingsuicide

 

Financial Matters

  1. Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Financial Guide (AFSP) booklet: www.afsp.org/financialguide

 

Handouts

  1. After a Suicide: Coping with Grief (SAVE), wallet card: bit.ly/save-griefwalletcard
  2. Beyond Surviving (Iris Bolton): bit.ly/iris-beyondsurviving

 

For Children

  1. After a Suicide Death: An Activity Book for Grieving Kids: bit.ly/dougy-grievingkids
  2. When Families Grieve (Sesame Street), covers grief for any cause of death, focuses on helping children and families, includes a version for military families: www.sesameworkshop.org/grief (downloads at bit.ly/w10xKL)

 

 

INTERACTIVE ONLINE SUPPORT

 

Forums

  1. Alliance of Hope Forum (Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors): forum.forsuicidesurvivors.com
  2. Parents of Suicides and Friends & Families of Suicides (POS-FFOS) discussion board, www.suicidegrief.com 
  3. PTSD Forum: www.ptsdforum.org
  4. Suicide Survivors: Help for People Left Behind (Grieving.com): bit.ly/grieving-suicidesurvivors
  5. Suicide’s Survivors (Legacy Connect): bit.ly/legacy-suicidesurvivors

 

Listservs

  1. Grief-Suicide Listserv (GriefNet): bit.ly/griefnet-suicide
  2. Parents of Suicides and Friends & Families of Suicides (POS-FFOS), one listserv for parents, a separate listserv for others: www.pos-ffos.com 

 

Chats

  1. The Compassionate Friends Survivors of Suicide Chat Room, exclusively for parents whose children have died by suicide: bit.ly/tcf-chat
  2. Parents of Suicides and Friends & Families of Suicides (POS-FFOS) online chat: bit.ly/pos-ffos-chat
  3. TAPS Survivors of Suicide Loss Chat, for military, veterans, and their families: bit.ly/tapschat (also, 800-959-TAPS/8277 or info@taps.org)
  4. Veterans Crisis Line Chat, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, one-on-one chat for any type of crisis with a professional VA caregiver, for veterans or anyone concerned about a veteran: bit.ly/vetcrisischat (1-800-273-TALK/8255 press “1”)

 

 

Blogs

  1. Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors Blog, includes posts from a number of authors on a variety of topics of interest to survivors: bit.ly/hope-blog
  2. Promoting Hope, Preventing Suicide (Psychology Today), focuses on suicide prevention and includes posts about suicide loss and the experience of survivors: bit.ly/promotehopeblog
  3. Suicide Grief: News & Comment (SAVE), focuses on topics for caregivers who help people bereaved by suicide and invites posts from experts in the field: suicidegrief.save.org

 

RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS

 

Basic principles

  1. Grief After Suicide, edited by Jack Jordan and John McIntosh, book: bit.ly/jordanmcintosh-griefaftersuicide 
  2. Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, manual: 1.usa.gov/pfa-fieldguide
  3. Suicide Bereavement Resource Library (SAVE): bit.ly/library-save
  4. Suicide Grief: News & Comment (SAVE), blog: bit.ly/blog-save
  5. SurvivorVoices: Sharing the Story of Suicide Loss (Connect, NAMI–New Hampshire), training: bit.ly/connect-survivorvoices

 

Immediately after a death

  1. After a Suicide: Recommendations for Religious Services and Other Public Memorial Observances (SPRC), booklet: bit.ly/sprc-religiousservices
  2. LOSS Team Postvention Workshops & Training (Campbell & Associates): www.lossteam.com
  3. Help at Hand: Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide for Funeral Directors (SPRC), booklet: bit.ly/sprc-funeraldirectors
  4. Trauma, Death and Death Notification: Breaking the Bad News with Concern for the Professional and Compassion for the Survivor (Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD), training curriculum: bit.ly/madd-deathnotification
  5. Casualty and Death Notification (National Center for PTSD), protocols: 1.usa.gov/deathnotification
  6. Trauma Intervention Programs, trained volunteer first response teams: www.tipnational.org

 

Helping children

  1. Child Survivors of Suicide: A Guidebook for Those Who Care for Them, by Rebecca Parkin and Karen Dunne-Maxim, booklet: bit.ly/afsp-childsurvivorsguidebook
  2. Helping Children Cope, by Mariann Blacconiere, slide presentation: 1.usa.gov/childrencope
  3. When a Child’s Friend Dies by Suicide (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide): bit.ly/childfrienddies