Dealing with the Aftermath: Responding to the impact of a suicide - Timaru

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Landing Service Building

2 George Street

Timaru, Canterbury 7910

New Zealand

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"The person who suicides puts his or her psychological skeleton in the survivor's emotional closet - he/she sentences the survivor to a complex of negative feelings and, most importantly, to obessing about the reasons for the suicide death"
Edwin S. Shneidman, Suicidologist

The question of “Why?” is Is one of the first and major questions for those bereaved by suicide as they seek to make sense of the death. Often there are no obvious or immediate answers to the question and may never be answered in a way that explains the death.

The impact of a suicide on friends, family, work colleagues and communities can be both profound and enduring with many experiencing more complicated grieving process that is compounded by the stigma of suicide or mental illness.

Suicide brings with it a heightened risk of suicide contagion or clusters. This can be within whanau, ethnics groupings, institutions such as schools, mental health services, social and sporting networks and communities.

This introductory workshop provides an overview of effective strategies to respond to a death by suicide in different settings - schools, workplaces, organisations, hapu, ethnic groupings and communities.

Suicide postvention is not just about bereavement support and needs to be viewed in the context of the suicide prevention continuum. The principles, objectives and activities of suicide postvention will be covered. Assessing risk of contagion, postvention mapping, community postvention risk audit, developing an at-risk registry, the roles, responsibilities of community postvention action groups will be described in detail.

The workshop outlines the difference between suicide postvention and suicide bereavement support and managing the tensions between two approaches. The workshop will also provide an overview of effective strategies for supporting those bereaved by suicide.

Topics covered:

  • The impact of suicide on friends, families, agencies and community

  • Suicide specific grief and supporting those grieving

  • Suicide Contagion: What it is and why it occurs

  • Principles objectives and activities of Suicide Postvention

  • Tensions between suicide postvention and bereaved by suicide outcomes

  • Cultural considerations in providing a postvention response

  • Mapping those at risk of suicide, monitoring and support needs

  • Assessing risk of contagion, auditing community postvention capacity and capabilities,

  • Suicide At-Risk Registry, Monitoring and Follow-up

  • Agency policies and proceedures in the event of a death by suicide

  • Developing an organisation or community suicide postvention plan

Feedback from previous workshop particpants stated that the Dealing with the Aftermath workshop was relevant and helpful to their work and that their kknowledge, comfortableness, competency and confidence about suicide postvention had significantly increased. Participants were appreciative of the breath and depth the topics covered and the practical approaches recommended and the use of real life scenarios.

People who would benefit from attending this working are:

  • Bereaved by suicide support groups

  • Clergy and Funeral Celebrants

  • Corrections and Juvenile Justices institutions

  • Educational and training organisations

  • Iwi health and welfare services

  • Loss and Grief services - especially bereaved by suicide

  • Mental health service and mental health support NGOs

  • Rural support agencies

  • School counsellors, deans, pastoral care

  • Tertiary student health services, chaplaincy, halls of residence

  • Victim Support

  • Welfare agencies

  • Workplace EAP Programs and HR Departments

  • Workplace Support

  • Youth Services

An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Workshop Facilitator - Barry Taylor

Barry has recently returned to live back in New Zealand having worked in suicide prevention and postvention at the local, national and international levels. Known for his leadership and broad ranging work in suicide postvention for thirty years, he has guided numerous communities, schools, universities, workplaces and mental health organisations after a suicide as well as providing support to those bereaved by suicide.

In 1990 he wrote the first postvention guidelines for New Zealand schools, In a Time of Crisis. He has advised governments on effective postvention strategies and co-authored suicide prevention and postvention guidelines for schools in Australia and contributed to the revision and updating of the New Zealand school guidelines.

In 2007 he developed the Wellington Regional Postvention Response, a whole of community response aimed at preventing suicide contagion and ensuring appropriate support is offered to those who are bereaved.

He is a member of the Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour and the Suicide Postvention and Bereavement Special Interest Groups of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. He has been a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and in 2016 was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.


Maximum Number of Participants: 30
If workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist.

Minimum Number of Participants: 15
TaylorMade Training and Consulting reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled a full refund will be given.

This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietarty requirements may not be able to be catered.

There is a limited number of partial and full scholarships for those wishing to attend the workshops. Scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers, volunteers and health and social service tertiary students

Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. Full refunds will be offered up to seven days before the date of the workshop. If you cancel less than seven before the workshop, you are able to transfer your registration to another person but no refund will be given.

To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending. DO NOT CANCEL THE REGISTRATION.

If you are not transferring the registration to another person then cancel the registration.

Organiser Contact Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Mobile: 021 644 955
Office: 04 905 6145

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