Postvention Program: Being Prepared to Act in the Event of a Suicide (Séguin, Roy & Boilar, 2020)

Monday 16 November 2020
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Speaker: Françoise Roy, Association québécoise de prévention du suicide

Overview of the webinar

The postvention program is designed for Québec’s institutions and organizations that offer postvention services or are called upon to intervene in the event of a suicide. It is also suitable for educational institutions and their administration, workplaces, and living spaces, community that wish to be prepared, act appropriately, and limit the impacts of a suicide.

The postvention program is built on the community’s ability to respond to post-suicide difficulties, with a view to conveying a sense of security and competence in light of the situation. Though designed primarily for youth, the program is not youth-specific. It can be adapted to various environments: the secondary and postsecondary education systems, workplaces, and living environments (e.g., group homes, and communities).

The presentation will focus on an overview of:

  • The current literature on the impacts of suicide
  • A description of the three specific groups targeted forthe proposed intervention
  • The four sequential intervention phases, which extendbeyond the period of shock created by the event
  • The ten measures to put in place to avoid a rippleeffect and encourage a return to usual life
  • The winning conditions for implementing the programin your community.

About the National Webinars on Suicide Prevention 2020

This webinar was presented in the context of the National Webinars on Suicide Prevention, on October 30, 2020. This virtual event was co-organized by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS) and the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices (CRISE).