Surviving families of military suicide loss: Exploring postvention peer support

Jill Harrington-LaMorie, John R. Jordan, Kim Ruocco, Julie Cerel

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Abstract

The United States military began to experience a steady increase in suicide rates across all service branches at the inception of the wars in Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003). As the number of suicide deaths increased, so did the number of affected survivors who seek postvention support. Unique issues that accompany suicide death may expose survivors to a more distressing and complicated grief process. Peer support has clinically been observed to be widely utilized by suicide loss survivors. This article explores unique issues accompanying military suicide loss, potential benefits of postvention peer-based support, clinical considerations, and future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-154
Number of pages12
JournalDeath Studies
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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