Consider these facts:
On average, 135 people are impacted by every suicide death(1).
Approximately 45 million people are dealing with the aftermath of suicide, in the U.S. alone(1). Many grapple with horrific, stigmatized loss, debilitating emotions, and complex personal challenges.
Adult loss survivors are nearly 10 times more likely to consider suicide themselves in the initial months following loss(2).
Suicide loss survivors are 64% more likely to attempt suicide, and 80% more likely to quit their jobs or drop out of school – compared to those who have suffered sudden loss to a natural cause(3).
Suicide “postvention” is prevention.
1. Suicide exposures and bereavement among American adults: Evidence from the 2016 General Social Survey. William Feigelman, Julie Cerel, John L. McIntosh, David Brent, Nina Gutin (Journal of Affective Disorders, Feb, 2018)
2. Complicated grief and suicidal ideation in adult survivors of suicide. Mitchell AM, Kim Y, Prigerson HG, Mortimer MK Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2005 Oct; 35(5):498-506.
3. British Medical Journal. (Jan. 2016). “Bereavement by suicide as a risk factor for suicide attempt: a cross-sectional national UK-wide study of 3,432 young bereaved adults.”
Understand why “suicide postvention” is suicide prevention.
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