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Traumatic Experiences
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The instructor has some concern that factors in the
student’s personal background may add complexity to
the situation, such as unrealistic family expectations for
the student’s career, the student’s isolation from family
and community support, intense feelings of shame or
humiliation for infractions, extreme reticence to
communicate, or cultural/ethnic differences that may
exaggerate the perceived severity of the process.
Written by Gannett Health Services staff and Patricia
Wasyliw, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Arts and Sciences Academic
Advising Center, Cornell University
CAMPUS POSTVENTION FOLLOWING A SUICIDE LOSS
Suicide “Postvention”
refers to the responsive actions taken
by a community in the days and weeks
following
a death by
suicide. Suicide postvention is designed to
Help restore equilibrium and functioning within the
campus community,
Promote healthy grieving for those most affected,
Honor the life of the deceased in ways that do not glorify
or sensationalize the nature of the death (use principles of
‘safe and effective’ messaging)
Provide comfort to those who are distressed, minimize
adverse personal outcomes (depression, PTSD, complicated
grief)