Alex Shendelman discusses mental health, suicide prevention, intervention & post-vention

Click below to hear Alex Shendelman (starting at 23:40 on the track) discuss mental health, suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention as well survivor of loss support with Brett Dakin. 

Alex is our Survivor of Suicide Loss & Survivor of Homicide Loss Programs Lead for Distress Centres. 

A survivor of suicide loss himself, Alex has spent the last thirteen years building a community of support for those who have experienced a similar loss. He has spoken on a variety of topics pertaining to suicide and homicide loss as well as mental health for a wide range of highly acclaimed and grassroots organizations.

As personable as he is knowledgeable, Alex is personally invested in helping each program member find their personal pathway forward.

A Suicide Prevention and Postvention Toolkit for Texas Communities

The 2012 edition of this toolkit was designed with both the print reader and digital reader in mind; the layout has been altered to make it easy to read in any format, whether online, on a mobile device, or in print.

Additionally, you will find that copies of paper documents, fact sheets and handouts have been replaced with direct hyperlinks embedded within the online version (and visible in the print version). By providing electronic access to these resources, the 2012 Texas Suicide Prevention and Postvention Toolkit facilitates the ability to access critical, most current information, tools and research efficiently and effectively. 

This year’s edition also incorporates best practices resources, training and education materials made available from leading national organizations such as: 

  • American Association of Suicidology 
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • Mental Health America 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness 
  • National Institutes of Health 
  • National Institute of Mental Health 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Change 
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center 
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration 

 

As we are all aware, suicide is a public health issue. By working together to facilitate change in our communities, we are confident we can make Texas a healthier and happier state for all. 

A Guide for Early Responders Supporting Survivors Bereaved by Suicide

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Early responders play a vital role in supporting people who have lost someone they care about, someone they know who has died by suicide. Suicide loss is profoundly different than otherloss and grief in that it is a intentional act that can have crippling effects for the family, friends and other survivors.  Suicide is recognized as an important public health problem and a major source of preventable deaths worldwide. (WHO, 2009) 

Many people die each year by suicide… it is a complex, multi–faceted problem leaving some survivors who have a loved one die by suicide with their life as they knew it changed forever. Suicide can affect survivors in many life areas including having biological, psychological, social and spiritual impact. Research shows those closest to the person who died by suicide are themselves vulnerable to self harm including substance abuse. Survivors may be at 40X greater risk of suicide themselves because ofthe suicide loss. (LivingWorks Canada, 2006)