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Crisis. 2009;30(1):43-7. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910.30.1.43.

Can postvention be prevention?

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  • Suicide Prevention Project of the Flemish Mental Health Centers, PDGG-VVI, Gent, Belgium. info@zelfmoordpreventievlaanderen.be

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There has been recent interest in postvention activities which involve provision of support to family members and others affected by a suicide death.

AIMS:

To review the current status of postvention support, including definitions used and the objectives and effectiveness of support activities for people bereaved by suicide.

METHODS:

Selected controlled studies of support activities and programs are reviewed with narrative comment. Results. Not applicable.

CONCLUSIONS:

Effective postvention support can be viewed as contributing toward suicide prevention among those people who are bereaved by suicide. Further development of support programs is needed.

PMID:
19261568
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