Shneidman’s concept of “postvention as prevention” has governed Dr. Frank Campbell’s work with suicide survivors since 1986.
Dr. Campbell envisioned a “LOSS Team”, a team of trained survivors who would go to the scenes of suicides to
disseminate information about resources and be the installation of hope for the newly bereaved.
Read more about LOSS Team here.
Read more about the Circular Model of Suicide Reduction by clicking here or on the graphic to the left.
Interested parties in other communities have received training related to the active postvention model and each week others wanting to start a LOSS team in their
communities contact Dr. Campbell to find out how to get started.
Frank R. Campbell, Ph.D., LCSW, CT is the former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis
Intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Louisiana, USA. He is currently Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting where
he consults with communities and on Forensic Suicidology cases.
It was due to his more than twenty years of working with those bereaved by suicide that he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM) most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three Discovery channel documentaries.
The APM concept involves a team of first responders who go to the scene of a suicide and provide support and referral for those bereaved by the suicide. The goal has been to shorten the elapsed time between the death and survivors finding the help they feel will help them cope with this devastating loss. The Active Postvention Model and has shown to have a positive impact on both the team members (most often bereaved individuals who have gotten help and now provide the installation of hope to the newly bereaved) as well as the newly bereaved. The model has now been replicated in countries as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Canada and America.
Campbell has also been selected to receive the Louis Dublin award at the 2010 American Association of Suicidology Conference. Dr. Campbell is a past president of AAS and has received the Roger J.
Tierney award for service. He was Social Worker of the year in Louisiana and the first John W. Barton Fellow selected in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
From Dr. Campbell
I am writing to tell you about the conference that is being presented by the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention for
adult longer-term suicide loss survivors: Our Journey Continues. I hope that you will share this information with your
networks of survivors of suicide loss who are further along in their grief journey.
We are encouraging our loss survivor partners in suicide prevention who wish to attend the conference to
register early since the conference is expected to sell out.
This conference is being co-sponsored by lead sponsor The Herbert Adelman Foundation and supporting sponsors the
AFSP Illinois Chapter and Ride to Fight Suicide, Illinois to Wisconsin
Our Journey Continues Conference: From 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9th through 12 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11th, join fellow long-term survivors at the W Chicago City Center hotel in Chicago’s historic Loop for a weekend of workshops, expert-led discussions and social activities.
This conference is designed for people who have worked through the early experiences of suicide loss and have processed the earlier stages of grief, likely over a period of several years, and who are ready to engage in the next steps of sharing and healing together. There is a conference rate for the hotel and more information will be available on the website about how to book the conference rate shortly. The conference website also has a series of questions designed to help individuals who wish to attend the conference think through whether this is the right conference for them.
You can find more information about our conference, including how to register for the conference at:
Registration will be open to the public on Monday February 22nd at 10 am EST.
We are encouraging survivors who have a more recent loss and wish to attend a conference to attend the
Healing After Suicide in Chicago on April 2, 2016 (co-sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology, TAPS, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), since that program’s content is more appropriate for recent suicide loss survivors.
Please note: the LOSSTeam website is not intended to provide help in a crisis. 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
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