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On behalf of the Massachusetts Suicide Postvention Task Force, in collaboration with William James College, you are invited to participate in a research study. We aim to explore suicide loss survivors’ experiences with early responders which includes law enforcement, fire department, emergency medical services, and medical examiner’s office personnel, along with faith leaders and funeral professionals. The goal of the study is to understand the ways in which early responders can offer meaningful support to suicide loss survivors and facilitate referrals to support services. If you experienced a suicide loss longer than 12 months ago, you are eligible to participate.

The study will utilize an online survey via Qualtrics, a secure survey delivery platform. Participation will include answering a series of questions about your experiences with early responders following the suicide death of a loved one, and about any support services you pursued following your loss and will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary and all questions are optional. You may withdraw from the study at any time for any reason. Further, a decision not to participate will not jeopardize your relationship with or access to any current or future service providers or resources.

If you have questions about the study or the survey, please feel free to contact Emma Peterson, Ph.D. (emma_peterson@williamjames.edu).

You can access the survey here.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Warm Regards,
Massachusetts Suicide Postvention Task and William James College

Jack Jordan PhD — private practice
Debbie Helms — Samaritans of Merrimac Valley
Michelle Lee — American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Jessika Zequeira — The Shine Initiative
Larry Berkowitz — Riverside Trauma Center
Jim McCauley — Riverside Trauma Center
Stephanie Schweitzer Dixon — Riverside Trauma Center
Kelley Cunningham — Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program
Kacy Maitland — Samaritans of Greater Boston



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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