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“Is Your Community Ready for a LOSS Team?”

Offered as a one-day (6 hours) workshop for an organization or community who is ready to build an integrated suicide postvention and prevention network.

A person dies by suicide about every 11.9 minutes in the United States. Every day, approximately 121 Americans take their own life. Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. Each death affects 45-50 family members and friends. One study recently found that the number affected by suicide could be up to 160 people. Of these, many will experience a major life disruption. Many survivors are at an increased risk of suicide themselves and many suffer silently for years and may never get the help they need.

The training will provide an interactive forum to inform and educate on sudden and traumatic loss, with a specific focus on those bereaved by suicide. The principles of the APM (Active Postvention Model) of suicide prevention are presented. This training will also provide the organization and community on how to have a suicide postvention delivery and referral system and further LOSS Team plans.

Lezlie will provide: Examples of paperwork LOSS Teams utilize.

Organization will provide: Microphone, laptop for powerpoint and DVD, sound system for speaker, and one white board or one flip chart with markers.

“LOSS Team from A to Z”

Offered as a one-day (7 hours) workshop for an organization or community who is ready to start a LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivor) Team. This community should have referral services in place such as a Survivor of Suicide Support Group, grief counselors, therapists and/or psychiatrists available in close proximity to the community. A children’s support network such as support group, therapy group, play therapy group and counselors/therapists/psychiatrists who treat children is highly recommended.

The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team consists of trained survivors and mental health professionals to bring immediate support to survivors of suicide. Suicide survivors are those persons who have had a loved one die by suicide and are at risk due to their emotional response, which may include the use of unhealthy coping strategies or attempting suicide themselves. Survivors of suicide are nine times more likely to die by suicide than those who have not experienced this type of loss. Dr. Campbell’s research show on average, it takes survivors 4.5 years to seek grief counseling. With support of a LOSS Team, the average time is 39 days.

This training will provide an interactive forum and educate on traumatic loss, crisis theory, complicated grief and self care. The training will also provide an in depth look at how a LOSS Team looks for their community. This will be accomplished by discussing the Active Postvention Model, how other LOSS Teams operate across the country and other discussions such as forensic restoration, scenarios and role plays.

Lezlie will provide: Examples of paperwork LOSS Teams utilize.

Organization will provide: Microphone, laptop for powerpoint and DVD, sound system for speaker, and one white board or one flip chart with markers.



Please note: the Culver LOSS Team website is not intended to provide help in a crisis. If you are feeling suicidal or need help for yourself or someone you know, please consult IASP's Suicide Prevention Resources to find a crisis center anywhere in the world. In the US, call toll-free 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free suicide prevention service or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.



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