The Maine Suicide Prevention Program
If you have lost someone close to you by suicide or you are part of a school or an organization where a loss has happened, it is a shocking and painful experience. NAMI Maine provides support and resources to assist people and organizations address the immediate needs of those impacted by the loss. We will also help connect you to the ongoing support and assistance needed.
Response and support after a suicide or other traumatic death involves planned activities with people affected by a recent death, in an effort to stabilize their environment, reduce the risk of negative behaviors (most notably the risk of contagion), and to ease the pain and difficulty of grief and the process of mourning.
While these interventions or activities are provided following a death, planning and preparing for these responses and support activities need to take place well in advance of a death. We do this by properly training all those who may be involved following a suicide or other traumatic death. This includes professionals such first responders, health facility workers, funeral directors, school personnel, organizational managers, faith leaders, and clinicians, as well as family, friends, volunteers, and the community.