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Essential Questions on Suicide Bereavement and Postvention

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Suicide Prevention Program of the Flemish Community Mental Health Centres, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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Unit for Clinical Psychology Research, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Catholic University Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 24-32; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph9010024
Received: 8 November 2011 / Revised: 12 December 2011 / Accepted: 21 December 2011 / Published: 27 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention and Public Health)
During the past decades public and research interest in postvention, i.e., support for families and communities after a suicide, has increased. However, the postvention field is still facing a number of important challenges and questions. This article aims to discuss a series of essential issues on suicide bereavement and postvention, regarding the current state of the art and future developments. Who is a suicide survivor and how many suicide survivors are there? Is suicide bereavement different from other types of bereavement? What are the needs of suicide survivors and what is postvention from a clinical perspective and from a public health perspective? Can postvention be prevention? With this last question, the article concludes with a series of recommendations in order to strengthen the potential of postvention as prevention. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicide; prevention; postvention; bereavement; public health; policy suicide; prevention; postvention; bereavement; public health; policy
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Andriessen, K.; Krysinska, K. Essential Questions on Suicide Bereavement and Postvention. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 24-32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph9010024

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Andriessen K, Krysinska K. Essential Questions on Suicide Bereavement and Postvention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2012; 9(1):24-32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph9010024

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Andriessen, Karl, and Karolina Krysinska. 2012. "Essential Questions on Suicide Bereavement and Postvention" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 9, no. 1: 24-32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph9010024

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