“Finding Stability After Suicide Loss” explains that suicide loss survivors often find it hard to reach out for help, and the people in their lives are often unsure how to help. This experience is very common among the survivors served at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS. This was also the personal experience of the course narrator, Kim Ruocco, MSW. She is the surviving spouse of Marine Corps Maj. John Ruocco, and she serves as the Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention at TAPS. Ruocco shares her story, and outlines strategies everyone can use to help a suicide survivor.

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In this course, “Unit Stabilization After Suicide Loss,” Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors VP and suicide survivor Kim Ruocco shares how the TAPS Postvention Model of Support can be applied to advising military leaders following the suicide loss of service members in a military unit.

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Postvention is a term unfamiliar to many people, yet it is a critical component of suicide prevention. It refers to actions taken following a suicide that promote healing and decrease risk in those exposed. Dr. Shauna Springer, the Senior Director of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), discusses postvention and why it is important. TAPS has served thousands of survivors of suicide loss over the past decade, and in the process, they developed and refined a best-practice postvention model. Learn about the three phases of this model: Stabilization, Grief Work, and Post-Traumatic Growth.

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