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Postvention is PreventionDr. 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.

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.

Dr. Frank CampbellIt 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.

Keynote Address from the Bring the Conversation to Light Luncheon
Dr. Campbell delivered the keynote address at the Jordan Elizabeth Foster Foundation’s Bring the Conversation to Light Luncheon at Will Rogers Auditorium in Ft. Worth, Texas in November, 2019. His topic is “Will you be Found in the Formula for Hope?”. For more information on the Foundation, visit jordanharrisfoundation.org.

Suicide as a Public Health Issue
A speech by Dr. Frank Campbell before the Baton Rouge Rotary Club on September 11, 2019. At that time, Dr. Campbell was the chair of the National Suicidology Training Center, a program of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center.

He discusses: suicide as a public health issue; the connection between suicide and homicide in the brain; suicide statistics; and Nevada’s successful suicide prevention efforts.

Click here or on the screenshot at the left to watch the video from the Louisiana Digital Media Archive.

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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