Director Anne Arundel County Crisis Response Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Youth suicide is an extremely emotional event for everyone it touches from the responding officers, to the parents, siblings and family members to the school and community of the deceased. It is imperative that there is a behavioral health response to coincide with the investigative response of law enforcement, as there is no more emotional call than youth suicide. There must be a coordinated response between investigators, the school system, those providing emotional support. A strategic crisis action plan must be developed utilizing numerous CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) interventions including individual and group interventions. Individual death notifications may need to be made to family and friends of the deceased to assure the safety of everyone.
Upon completion, participants will be able to
Identify who needs emotional interventions after a child dies by suicide.
Discuss how CISM interventions are intertwined when assisting the victim’s family and community after a child dies by suicide.
Describe how community partners collaborate to asssit the victim’s family and the community after a child dies by suicide.