“For those who have lost a child to suicide, this book will provide a life ring for
their unique journey down this dangerous river of suicide. For the clinician
who seeks to be a resource or a guide to those who have begun this journey, it
will be a map that can help provide clinical support and understanding necessary
for a safer trip. For anyone in a community who wants to be there for
those experiencing the bereavement problems associated with a child’s suicide,
it may help them keep the survivor inside the boat.” -- from the Foreword by Dr. Frank Campbell
ACTS Helpline (Prince William county, Virginia) determined a LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) team was essential to provide immediate outreach to members of the community who experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Dr. Frank Campbell was contacted and on November 7 , 2011 provided LOSS team training to key members of Prince William County to include; law enforcement, educators,
clergy, mental health professionals, health care providers and family members and friends who lost loved ones to suicide.
Thomas Brown and Zachary Chipps are promoting suicide awareness by biking over 21 states for 7 months. They both lost brothers to suicide and have been a resource to each other
along their healing paths.
Click the graphic at the left to visit their website and learn more about these young men and their passion for their cause.
LOSS Team of Tarrant County (Texas): Progress in 2011
Lezlie D. Culver,
the LOSS Team Coordinator at
Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County (Texas) shared a report of the group's achievements in 2011 and some goals as they continue to grow and progress in 2012.
December, 2009 -- At the XXV IASP
Conference in Montevideo, Dr. Frank Campbell was the recipient of the Farberow Award. Frank Campbell, PhD,
LCSW, 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.
He introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM) most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Survivors
of Suicide). 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 main objective is to shorten the elapsed time between the death
and survivors finding the help they feel will help them cope with this devastating loss. The APM has shown to have
a positive impact on both the team members 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 the 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. To learn more about his work in the field of suicidology you can visit www.lossteam.com
The Norman Farberow Award was inaugurated in 1997 and is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions
in the field of bereavement and survivors after suicide. Criteria for this award are that the recipient must
have been actively involved in the establishment and operation of bereaved through suicide/survivor programs; he
or she must have demonstrated national leadership in the area; he or she must have contributed to the research
and evaluation of such programs and there is the expectation that there will be continued involvement in this important
area of work.
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