M. Stensmark, Sweden

Spes SPES Blekinge
A Spanish language and social science teacher, elementary school teacher of 13-16 year-olds and secondary school teacher. Graduate from a School of Social Studies, trained social worker, emphasising community and social planning. A member of the Regional Network in Suicide Prevention in Blekinge Region. Chairperson in the association SPES Blekinge, Suicide Prevention and Postvention (2011— ongoing), www.forebyggsjalvmord.se. SPES Blekinge is a partner in the project-ELLIPSE co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of European Union. Author of a book about her daughter's suicide and her way to recovery "Såghalka och lingontuvor - om att hantera smärta och sorg och om att förebygga självmord" (2015).

Presenter Of 2 Presentations

Workshop: Online Education in Suicide Prevention in the Field of Higher Education in Europe (ID 115) No Topic Needed
Workshop: Online Education in Suicide Prevention in the Field of Higher Education in Europe (ID 115) No Topic Needed

W0069 - Why Is It Important to Involve People with Lived Experience in the Development of the Educational Programs in Suicide Prevention?

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Pre-Recorded with Live Q&A
Tue, 13.04.2021
Session Time
15:30 - 17:00
Channel 3
Lecture Time
15:30 - 15:41


Abstract Body

Blekinge Family Postvention is a grief facilitator-home-visiting postvention giving early support to families after a suicidal loss since 2015. It helps families overcome shock, pain, anger, guilt, suffering and other extreme emotions caused by suicide. Such situations should be treated not as a disorder. Medication should be used only as a last resort to treat individuals not responding to early family support, followed by individual sessions if needed. Everyone needs to express feelings and thoughts on all aspects of the suddenly interrupted relation. To achieve this, a person experienced in those issues must be leading all of the meetings. The conversations should start during the first days, frequently continuing for at least 3-5 weeks depending on the family needs. Helping the family bear each other and find coping strategies ease their pain, mourning and give them hope instead of prolonged grief. In this way, the family gradually finds new ways to overcome a never-ending negative looping that eventually can cause, e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. The support to the family after suicide loss should be a governmental matter. Today all work is done voluntarily. The close relatives need debriefing right after the district doctor has stated the death or the police informed the family about suicide. The military, the police, rescue services and healthcare professionals gets debriefing when a rescue operation has failed. This presentation discusses how to organise early family support and the Ellipse project's interviews with survivors about their experiences of needed or received support if any.