Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses
This resource is intended for use by colleges and universities that are affected by and/or want to be prepared for campus crises and campus deaths. Suicide postvention efforts address the need for predetermined strategies to effectively and sensitively respond to campus deaths after they occur and also contribute to improved prevention efforts.
As a member of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance, NASPA assisted in developing this resource which defines specific areas of consideration and planning and offers suggestions for best practices. Planning and implementation of postvention efforts rely heavily on using an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes the skills and resources of administrators, practitioners and the greater campus community.
What is "postvention?"
College and university postvention is the provision of psychological support, crisis intervention and other forms of assistance to those affected by a campus suicide. Suicide postvention involves a series of planned interventions with those affected by a campus suicide with the intention to:
- facilitate the grieving or adjustment process
- stabilize the environment
- reduce the risk of negative behaviors
- limit the risk of further suicides through contagion