In the first in our series of podcast interviews with both survivors of suicide (those who have been left behind after a loved one took their own life), and with some of the professionals who work with those survivors, Aurelius Press founder, Gary, speaks with Dr. Frank Campbell of LOSSTeam.
Dr. Campbell describes how the LOSSteam was created in order to provide support (postvention) for those left behind after someone completes suicide. He has found through his years of practice that people at risk for suicide would have reached out for help sooner if they knew where to go.
He also shares the challenges of people not familiar with crime scene etiquette showing up to help survivors of suicide – and how LOSSteams developed around the need to support survivors of suicide while practicing the appropriate etiquette to avoid contaminating a potential homicide scene.
The difference between grief, trauma, and bereavement is presented. Dr. Campbell shows how the survivor can get back into life and feel well. Additionally, the topics of post-traumatic growth, childhood and generational issues, pointing the way towards health – and more – are all part of this informative and important interview.
If you are feeling suicidal or need help for yourself or someone you know, please consult IASP’s Suicide Prevention Resources to find a crisis center anywhere in the world. In the US, call toll-free 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free suicide prevention service or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
Are you a survivor of suicide or a professional who works in the suicide prevention field? If you’d like share your story on our blog because you think it could help others or build connection and awareness, please feel free to contact Jennifer Rojas (our Blog Editor and General Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org