Postvention

How a campus responds to a death by suicide can have a significant impact on other students who may be at risk for suicide as well as on the overall emotional health of the campus. Schools should have protocols in place – well before a death occurs, on how to inform the campus and public, provide appropriate support and resources to friends, family, acquaintances, and others affected who may have not even known the decedent, and facilitate ways for the campus to honor the individual’s life without increasing the risk of contagion.