Mental Health Education & Resource Centre

Future Course | After Suicide: Supporting the Bereaved


Course Type: Intermediate | Course Level: Six | Catering: Refreshments Provided

Understanding grief, suicide bereavement and the issues that the bereaved (survivors) face enables us to provide more effective suicide postvention and support. This presentation will focus on the nature of suicide bereavement, grief reactions, challenges survivors face and what the research tells us about their needs for support. It will also cover practical strategies for working with and supporting survivors and address issues for supporters including witnessing and containment of suffering, hope-friendly and solutions-focused practice and self-care.

• The nature of grief and bereavement after suicide
• The support needs of the bereaved and barriers that impede access to support
• Practical strategies and resources for supporting people bereaved by suicide
• Witnessing and containing suffering, hope-friendly and solutions-focused practice
• Discussion of practice issues for supporters including self-care

Learning Intentions
Participants will be provided with the opportunity to:
• Better understand the nature and impact of grief and suicide bereavement
• Learn more about the support needs of people bereaved by suicide
• Learn effective strategies for supporting the bereaved and knowledge of resources
• Reflect on and discuss practice issues and challenges

Let’s Get Real Skills
• Working with Service users
• Working with Māori
• Working with families/Whānau
• Working with Communities
• Professional and Personal Development

Terms and Conditions