A unique and comprehensive handbook presenting the state of the art in suicide bereavement support
Suicide is not merely the act of an individual; it always has an effect on others and can even increase the risk of suicide in the bereaved. The International Association for Suicide Prevention, the World Health Organisation, and others have recognized postvention as an important strategy for suicide prevention. This unique and comprehensive handbook, authored by nearly 100 international experts, including researchers, clinicians, support group facilitators, and survivors, presents the state of the art in suicide bereavement support.
The first part examines the key concepts and the processes that the bereaved experience and illustrates them with illuminating clinical vignettes. The second and third parts look in detail at suicide bereavement support in all the relevant settings (including general practices, the workplace, online and many others) as well as in specific groups (such as health care workers).
In the concluding section, the support provided for those bereaved by suicide in no less than 23 countries is explored in detail, showing that postvention is becoming a worldwide strategy for suicide prevention. These chapters provide useful lessons and inspiration for extending and improving postvention in new and existing areas. This unique handbook is thus essential reading for anyone involved in suicide prevention or postvention research and practice.
From the reviews
"Suicide loss is often a devastating and traumatic experience. Survivors often find themselves in great distress, but lacking avenues where they can receive understanding, validation, and support. This wonderfully comprehensive and eminently readable book addresses this need, integrating the expertise of nearly 100 international authors with a compassionate understanding of the experience of those bereaved by suicide. It brings both breadth and depth to a topic that is rarely addressed and can help readers worldwide how to optimally provide support to suicide-bereaved individuals in a variety of settings and contexts."
Nina J. Gutin, CA, USA, in Omega – Journal of Death and Dying, (2018), 78(2)
"I can warmly recommend this book to anyone who encounters suicide-bereaved individuals, professionally or as a layperson. Its scientific grounding and readable language are appealing. The inclusion of both quantitative and qualitative research makes for a nuanced perspective that is unusual but much needed. The handbook presents the state-of-art of suicide bereavement support, and will be of great value for the clinician, researcher, lecturer, and policymaker who wishes to be updated on postvention research and practice. [It] provides a comprehensive overview of suicide postvention today, including current knowledge and implications for suicide bereavement support in diverse settings and populations."
Pernilla Omérov, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Care Sciences, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Stockholm, Sweden, in the News Bulletin of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, 2018
"Across the world’s widely varying suicide support programs, one theme is constant—the need for community. Each chapter in this volume, in its own way, highlights the essential roles that meaning making, story, and dialogue play in human healing and the importance of providing social contexts in which people can share their values and emotional experiences."
Donald R. Marks, assistant professor in the department of advanced studies in psychology, Kean University, Union, NJ, and Kelsey Edwards, doctoral student in the Combined School and Clinical Psychology program, Kean University, Union, NJ, in PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 62, 2017
"Almost 100 experts, including Australians, have contributed to this unique resource.The book begins with key concepts experienced by people bereaved by suicide, and concludes by exploring support in 23 countries."
Greg Austin, Professor in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, University of New South Wales, Canberra, in UNSW Magazine, August 2017