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What is Postvention?

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Postvention is a term often used in the suicide prevention field. Postvention refers to interventions for bereaved survivors, community members, caregivers, and health care providers to destigmatize suicide, assist with the recovery process, and serve as a secondary prevention effort to minimize the risk of future suicides due to complicated grief, contagion, or unresolved trauma.


The goals of postvention are to:

  • Support those impacted by the suicide

  • Identify those at risk for suicide and refer them to care

  • Reduce situations where people identify with suicide victims and model behavior

  • Provide appropriate and accurate information about the suicide

Postvention plans should be in place prior to a suicide.

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