The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), a partnership of organizations dedicated to providing leadership to advance college mental health, presentsPostvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses (Postvention Guide), an answer to the imperative need for strategies to help colleges and universities effectively and sensitively respond to campus deaths, should they occur.
The Postvention Guide offers suggestions for best practices to facilitate the grieving and adjustment process, stabilize the environment, reduce the risk of negative behaviors, and limit the risk of further suicides through contagion. The guide defines specific areas of consideration and planning, such as strategic planning, communications with students, faculty, family and media, as well as clinical interventions.
The Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses can be foundhere.
About the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA)
Envisioned and formed in September 2008 under the leadership of the American College Health Association (ACHA), the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) is a partnership of organizations dedicated to providing leadership to advance college mental health. The Alliance affirms that the issue of college mental health is central to student success, and therefore is the responsibility of higher education. Through focus on advocacy actions, policy development and review, practicedissemination, and the promotion of research across the mental health continuum – HEMHA is committed to advancing mental health throughout the realm of higher education and improving student recruitment, retention and learning outcomes.