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From the 7th Annual LOSS Team Conference (April 24-27, 2017)
The theme of the conference was “Strength in Numbers: Engaging the Community in Suicide Postvention”. It provided an opportunity for mental health professionals, first responders, school counselors, suicide loss survivors, LOSS Team members, and others from the community to learn more about suicide postvention and the Active Postvention Model known as LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team.

Featured speakers were Frank Campbell, PhD, LCSW (Developer of the LOSS Team model) and Stuart Smith, MA, LPC (Clinical Coordinator of the National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare at The Link Counseling Center).

Among the many topics covered were:
  • Navigating Troubled Waters: Making One’s Way Through Suicide-Related Grief: A Primer for Survivors, Therapists, Caregivers, and the Community.
  • Clinician Skills Needed to Grow and Enhance LOSSteams
  • Postvention in Rural Communities
  • Expanding the LOSS Team Model in the Community
  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Suicide Prevention & Intervention
  • Innovation, Opportunity, and a LOSS Team Data App…
  • Responding to Suicide: A Postvention Elearning Module for Schools
  • AFTER | A Documentary Short about Suicide Bereavement
  • Addressing the Unique Aspects of Suicide-Related Grief
Reactions from Attendees

Above: Dr. Campbell and Shirley Smith at the Conference

“Attending the Conference I have a vision of how our service needs to develop and this came from learning from Dr Campbell, Jill McMahon and Sandra McNally & their colleagues who provide such an invaluable and life saving service through the LOSS team model.”
Dear Dr. Campbell, Sandra, Jill,
I would once again like to thank you for allowing us to attend LOSS Arizona.

I attended the LOSS Conference as part of my Winston Churchill Fellowship on Peer Support and postvention services in America. I had from sometime been extremely impressed with the work of Dr Frank Campbell, after learning of his work through a colleague, Mr Barry McGale.

Living in England and providing a service that links with Police in our County. Providing responses to a suspected suicide within 48 hours, I was desperate to learn more about the LOSS models. Dr Campbell advised that the Conference may provide an opportunity to meet with many rather than just work with one, and boy, he was not wrong.

I attended with Dr Sharon McDonnell of University of Manchester who is a leading researcher on Postvention. We were impressed with the variety of speakers, their experience and how passionate people were. It showed me the way we can learn from our fellow LOSS survivors and how in England some may underestimate their contribution to supporting people bereaved by suicide, Blighty is still a long way from recognising the impact, LOSS contribute to preventing further deaths. and dedication. Instilling HOPE at a time of hopelessness.

The only negative was having to leave! Attending the Conference I have a vision of how our service needs to develop and this came from learning from Dr Campbell, Jill McMahon and Sandra McNally & their colleagues who provide such an invaluable and life saving service through the LOSS team model.

It is our aim to replicate this model and to attend Arizona again next year as the learning opportunity is priceless.

As a charity, If U Care Share Foundation’s motto: “There is always a way” was re-inforced attending LOSS Arizona.

With thanks and kindest wishes.
Shirley Smith
Churchill Fellow of 2016
Founder, If U Care Share Foundation
www.ifucareshare.com


“The conference focussed on loss, but yet provided so much hope for those attending.”
“I have attended numerous suicide bereavement conferences during my career, but none quite like the Loss Team Conference in Phoenix. My colleague and I travelled from the UK to attend this event and we were not disappointed. We were made to feel welcome by the organisers and delegates. It was a perfect mix of presentations, ranging from researchers presenting their findings, to people bereaved by suicide sharing their experiences. The conference focussed on loss, but yet provided so much hope for those attending. It was an honour to learn from Dr. Frank Campbell who is dedicated to improving the care those bereaved by suicide receive. I highly recommend this event to anyone who works in postvention.”

Dr. Sharon McDonnell, Director of Suicide Bereavement UK, Honorary Research Fellow University of Manchester

Save the Date!
Next year’s National LOSS Team Conference will take place October 22-26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.




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 SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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