Suicide represents a tragic waste of life and touches scores of lives – family, friends, peers and colleagues. All of these people need support immediately following the suicide and often for a significant period afterward. Those bereaved by suicide are themselves at increased risk of suicidal behaviours. Postvention is a critical point of prevention and can contain further loss of life and also needs to include the immediate community, first responders to suicide and professionals.
Living Hope is a comprehensive training program that can be accessed on-line (self-paced) or may be offered in a group workshop setting.
Training covers all aspects of suicide bereavement in order to equip caregivers to support individuals and families through the devastating experience of losing a loved one by suicide.
Areas covered in the training that will help to develop a caregiver’s skills include:
• Practical matters to be attended to following the death of a loved one
• The grieving process
• Aspects of spirituality and the influence and impact of culture on grief
“The person who completes suicide, dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and understand … Why?” (Clark 2001)
The Living Hope Bereavement Support training program leads participants through understanding of suicide and its impact which most of the time reverberates across families, extended families, personal and professional networks and indeed the whole community. In this course students learn different practices and skills such as postvention, caregiving, and do’s and don’ts in creating a connection to suicide survivors.
This course is complimentary.
The Salvation Army Hope For Life Program gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Australian Government Department of Health through the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.