Developing LOSS Teams Workshop

Developing LOSS Teams Workshop

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Suicide Postvention Task Force

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Suicide can have a devastating impact on individuals, families, and entire communities. The Massachusetts Suicide Postvention Task Force (MSPTF) is an ad hoc group of professionals committed to developing support services for people impacted by a suicide death in Massachusetts, and in the larger New England Area.One of our projects is to encourage the development of LOSS Teams. LOSS stands for “Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide”, and LOSS Teams are an innovative and effective form of community support for suicide loss survivors that are being developed throughout the United States (and internationally). A LOSS Team consists of trained volunteers (suicide loss survivors themselves) and volunteer mental health professionals. In the hours following a suicide death, LOSS Team members are called in to provide emotional support, hope, and local resources to the newly bereaved. The goal is for survivors to reach out for help as soon as possible after their loss. Some research shows that following a LOSS Team visit, survivors seek help much more quickly than when left to find support on their own.To date, there is only one operational LOSS Team in New England, and the Task Force is committed to developing additional teams throughout the state and region. This webinar is our first step to introduce people committed to suicide prevention and postvention to the LOSS Team concept.


Workshop Description
This webinar will provide an overview about LOSS Teams, how they operate, and how to go about developing one. The faculty include two national experts in LOSS Team functioning and development (Frank Campbell, Ph.D. & Don Belau, Ph.D.), and two colleagues who partnered to create the first and only LOSS Team in New England in Ashland, MA (Eileen Davis & Barbara Brunzell). The webinar is suitable for anyone who is interested in and cares about helping suicide loss survivors. That can include clergy, mental health clinicians, other community caregivers, and loss survivors who feel ready to volunteer to help other new survivors in their community.

A zoom link will be sent a couple of days prior to training date.