Suicide Prevention & Postvention
Resources for Organizations and Providers
Over the last decade, TAPS postvention professionals have developed a field-leading, best-practice approach to care we call the TAPS Suicide Postvention ModelTM. This three-phase model of support has provided hope and healing to thousands of suicide loss survivors.
The Model stabilizes survivors in the aftermath of a loss, guides them onto a health-promoting grief journey, and paves the way for achieving posttraumatic growth. Stabilization focuses on identifying and addressing suicide-specific issues that may complicate the grief journey. Grief work is the process of identifying grief as love and finding positive ways to integrate these emotions into one’s life. Posttraumatic growth is the process of creating positive change for oneself after facing such devastating loss.
A January 2021 peer-reviewed article in the scholarly journal Death Studies lays out the Model in detail. "TAPS Suicide Postvention ModelTM: A comprehensive framework of healing and growth" discusses the history of the TAPS postvention program, anchors the Model in theory and clinical best practices, and describes in detail how the phases and tasks of the Model should be applied.
The TAPS Suicide Postvention ModelTM has become a crucial component of the suicide prevention strategies of other organizations. In some cases, the Model has been relied on to provide a critical foundation for the postvention approaches, resources, and toolkits of our partners. These include but are not limited to the U.S. Defense Department's Postvention Toolkit for a Military Suicide Loss and recommendations to the International Association of Chiefs of Police by the National Consortium for Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide.
The TAPS Suicide Postvention ModelTM is useful to all organizations outside the realm of the military and veteran communities. It is also applicable to forms of loss beyond suicide.
TAPS staff are certified in ASIST, which teaches students to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and how to respond. For training, complete the training request form.
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- National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- Home Base: Intensive Clinical Program for Families of the Fallen
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
- American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
- National Suicide Training Center (NSTC)
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
- Alliance of Hope