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Uniting for Suicide Postvention - About USPV
Suicide prevention is a commonly understood concept, however not everyone is familiar with the term suicide postvention and what it entails. Suicide postvention builds upon prevention efforts by providing immediate and ongoing support to those impacted by a suicide loss. Postvention support is critical to foster healing after suicide. Uniting for Suicide Postvention (USPV) provides tools and support for those touched by suicide loss. Visit the Community, Providers, and/or Workplace pages to find helpful resources, podcasts, and videos to support suicide loss survivors..
The USPV team can be reached at SRMConsult@va.gov.
Erin Higgins, LCSW, LAC Postvention Lead & Consultant
Suzanne McGarity, PhD Postvention Consultant
Georgia Gerard, LCSW Postvention Consultant
Megan Harvey, PhD Postvention Consultant
Christie Machan, LCSW Postvention Consultant
Laurel Gaeddert, BS Postvention Program and Website Support
The USPV staff would like to thank the countless individuals who have contributed to the development of this site, including those who have shared their personal experiences following a death by suicide. We would also like to acknowledge the special contributions of the following individuals:
Dr. Sarra Nazem for her tireless efforts to promote postvention throughout the VA, providing postvention consultation through the Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program, and for establishing Uniting for Suicide Postvention.
Dr. Maggie Guglielmi for her pioneering contributions on how to establish and execute a Suicide Postvention Team.
We would also like to recognize the American Association of Suicidology and their members for their support and contribution to the USPV podcast series and other resources as well as Tipping Point Solutions for their expertise developing many of the multimedia resources found on the USPV website.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If you have questions about USPV, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
If you are looking for more resources regarding the personal impact of suicide loss, check out the Community section of USPV.
If you are a medical or mental health provider who has lost someone to suicide (personally or professionally), check out the Providers section of USPV.
If you are looking to start offering postvention in your workplace, check out the Workplace section of USPV.
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Last Updated 8 March 2023