Media Advisory: The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing Hosts Live Webinar on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

”Understanding Why People Die by Suicide” featuring Carla Stumpf-Patton, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, FT, CCTP Director, TAPS Suicide Postvention Programs


ARLINGTON, Va. –- On Wednesday, June 27, 2018 the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing will host a live online webinar and introductory discussion on “Understanding Why People Die by Suicide,” featuring Dr. Carla Stumpf-Patton, Director of TAPS Suicide Postvention Programs.

When someone we love dies by suicide it can be overwhelming, confusing and bring forth many emotions and questions. We become detectives trying to understand why and how this could have happened. While we may never fully understand the exact thoughts in the mind of our loved ones at the time they died, researchers and specialists have come to learn a great deal about the suicidal mind. Understanding more about this can often help survivors in the grieving process as they struggle with the self-directed questions of blame, guilt, doubt, and regret.  

The recent deaths of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain focused national attention on suicide.  A recent report released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) cited suicide as a leading cause of death in the U.S. with death by suicide numbers up 25 percent across the country.  Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. On average in 2018, according to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are 123 people who die by suicide every day in the United States. Last year, according to the Department of Defense there were 285 suicide deaths among active military service members.  Among military reserves there were 219 suicides as well as 126 in the National Guard. Additionally, the Veterans Administration has noted that suicide risk among veterans is 22 percent higher compared to U.S civilian adults.

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing session will address some of the prominent theories about why people die by suicide. It will also explore some of the contributing and risk factors that can come together to form the “perfect storm” that leads to suicide and how survivors of loss can continue to heal with this knowledge. 

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Noon to 1:00 p.m. ET

Where:  Join us online for this FREE webinar.  Questions can be submitted via email or text. 

RSVP - Registration Required:  Go to , click on register and it will take you to Eventbrite.

Registration Deadline: Noon on June 27

About the Speaker: Dr. Carla Stumpf-Patton is the surviving spouse of Marine Sgt. Richard Stumpf. She holds an Ed.D. in Education Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Fellow Thanatologist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

To request interviews please contact Rita Barry-Corke, TAPS Vice President of Media Relations at or via mobile phone at 860-304-1807.

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The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 75,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to  or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800. 959.TAPS (8277).  


The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing is a national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military and civilian families.  In partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America, the foremost leader in professional grief and loss education, TAPS is positioned to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers the bereaved themselves on the best ways to travel the grief journey. The Institute for Hope and Healing joins the forces of these two well-respected organizations to provide workshops, seminars, panel discussions and more to train grief professionals and help individuals and families thrive after loss. The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201.