Healing Ceremony Scripts

Candle Lighting or Paper Dove Ceremony Program Description: NOTE: This idea was adapted from LaRita Archibald’s healing ceremony. Survivor Memory Book: As people come to the event, have them write down the name of the person they lost to suicide in a memory book. The list of names will be read at the end. Music: Adds greatly to…

Safe Messaging Guidelines for Campuses

Information adapted from: Suicide Prevention Resource Center www.sprc.org 877-GET-SPRC (877-438-7772) Education Development Center, Inc. 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060 The following information is provided to assist in preparing safe, effective public announcements regarding suicide and suicide prevention. The recommendations provided by the SPRC apply to the content of safe messaging, however the dissemination of…

When Someone is Suicidal

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Suicide Postvention

Definition: The American Association of Suicide Prevention defines suicide postvention as the “provision of crisis intervention, support and assistance for those affected by a completed suicide.” Traumatic Grief – The Initial Impact There are many symptoms of trauma that suicide survivors often experience in the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s suicide: Shattered sense of order…

Spiritual Leaders and Communities

Below is the introduction to a round-table discussion from the perspective of several faith traditions. You can see more videos in this series along with the follow-up questions and answers, here. Faith leaders often counsel and work with people who are experiencing pain and considering suicide as a way to escape. Many people seek counseling from their…

Suicide Fact Sheet

There are over 30,000 suicides in the United States each year: about one completed suicide each 16 minutes and one attempt every minute. 1 Internationally, about one million people die by suicide each year – more than war and homicide combined. 2 Two thirds of suicidal deaths occur on the first attempt. 3 While men complete suicide four…

Suicide Risk Assessment Standards

The figure above outlines the standards for assessment of suicide risk used by crisis call centers in the network of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The four columns represent four areas of assessment: suicidal desire, capacity, intent and protective factors. Suicidal Desire Suicidal ideation – killing self and/or others, fantasies, imaginal rehearsal, habituation Psychache/Feeling Trapped…

Risk Factors & Warning Signs

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Sally’s Blog

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Surviving After Suicide

Traumatic Grief – The Initial Impact Symptoms of Trauma often Experienced after Suicide Shattered sense of order and trust Increased feelings of vulnerability Difficulty sleeping and eating Disorientation – feeling like you are in a fog Flashbacks or intrusive recollections of the trauma Nightmares Uncontrollable crying or intense anger Feeling numb Denial and disbelief Coping…