Developing a systemwide suicide postvention plan is a critical step for any organization, community, or institution that wants to effectively respond to and prevent suicide. Suicide postvention refers to the actions taken after a suicide to support those impacted by the loss and to prevent additional suicides. A systemwide plan ensures that everyone in the organization or community is aware of their role in responding to suicide, and that resources and protocols are in place to provide immediate and ongoing support to those affected. This webpage provides guidance and resources for developing a comprehensive and effective suicide postvention plan that can be adapted to meet the unique needs of your school, organization or community.
Postvention plans should consider the following tasks:
1. Disseminate information in the organization/community in the most appropriate way.
2. Support those most affected.
3. Identify and support those at risk.
4. Provide education on suicide and depression.
5. Link to resources.
If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, call or text Crisis Hotline 988.