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.
Items of Interest:
Dr. Campbell will be presenting the one-day workshop “Treating Complicated Bereavement: Clinical Approaches for Client & Community Following Traumatic Loss”
at six different cities in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee on August 23 through 31. CLICK HERE
or go to the Workshops page to download brochures and registration details. Relevant for
anyone wanting to be on a LOSS Team as well as learning clinical skills and getting continuing education credits.
We are writing to invite you to participate in a study about your loss and the experiences you may have had in contacts with a physician following the loss. We are inviting people bereaved by suicide as well as people bereaved from other causes of death.
At this point, we don’t know much about the experience that bereaved individuals have in their contacts with physicians after the loss. It is our hope that your participation in this study will help us to better understand the experiences that people have in contacts with physicians after losing a loved one. We intend to use the results to inform recommendations for physicians as they respond to bereaved individuals following the death.
I hope that you will consider participating in this study. You will be asked questions about yourself, the person you lost, and your experience and perceptions of your contact with physicians after the loss. Participation is entirely up to you. At any point in the survey, you can decide you are no longer interested in participating.
If you are willing to participate, go to http://tinyurl.com/griefstudy. Thank you for considering participation in this study.
William Feigelman, Ph.D.
Julie Cerel, Ph.D.
Rebecca Sanford, Ph.D.
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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