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.
Cambell to find out how to get started.
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
Dear Survivor of Suicide,
I would like to invite you to participate in a research project on suicide bereavement. I understand
that suicide bereavement is a difficult process and hope that this project will shed light on what is most
helpful to survivors in coping with their loss. The study will involve taking an online survey available
at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SuicideBereavement. There, you will find more details of the project, the survey,
contact information for the researcher (Dr. Regina T. P. Aguirre), and will be asked if you would like to participate.
I appreciate your time and consideration.
Frank Campbell, PhD, LCSW, CT
We invite survivors of suicide to participate in an online study about the loss of your loved one and your experiences following this loss.
Currently, we don’t know much about what is helpful or unhelpful for survivors of suicide loss as they cope with the experience in general. We know that survivors have differing experiences in seeking help after the loss, but we aren’t sure what makes seeking help a positive and helpful process for some but not for others. It is our hope that your participation in this study will help us to better understand the experiences of survivors of suicide loss in general; as well as the ways in which personal factors, such as personality traits and attitudes, impacted your grief experience.
We hope that you will consider participating in this study. You will be asked questions about yourself, the person you lost, personal attitudes about those in your social environment and help seeking, and how you manage difficult situations. Participation is entirely up to you. At any point in the survey, you can decide that you are no longer interested in participating.
Chris Drapeau, MA, Ball State University
Julie Cerel, PhD, University of Kentucky
Melinda Moore, PhD, University of Kentucky
Dr. Edwin 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.
Dr. Frank Campbell is the senior consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting, LLC.
He is the past Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, Inc., and The Office of Clinical
Research and Consultation. He is certified in Thanatology, and has a private practice in Forensic Suicidology.
Read more about Dr. Campbell’s experience and expertise here...