Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team is a first response partnership with early responders going to the scene of a suicide death with the goal of:
- Providing the instillation of hope to the newly bereaved suicide loss survivor.
- Guiding new survivors to support services and resources for help.
- L.O.S.S. (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Teams consist of volunteer suicide loss survivors and empathetic individuals who can relate to newly bereaved survivors. The team is on-call 24 hours a day to assist law enforcement agencies when a suicide death occurs.
- This Active Postvention Model was developed by Dr. Frank Campbell whose research has shown that reaching survivors immediately at the time of the death shortens the amount of time they take to reach out for help from 4.5 years (when not reached by a LOSS Team) to 39 days (when reached by a LOSS Team).
- Learn more about Dr. Campbell’s LOSS Team model
To learn more contact Stephanie Schweitzer Dixon
Join the community efforts by volunteering to join one of Massachusetts’ LOSS Teams. Current communities with a LOSS Team include:
- Berkshires (hosted by the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention)
- Boston (hosted by DeeDee’s Cry)
- Cape Cod (hosted by Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands
- LOSSTeam MetroWest (hosted by Call2Talk of Mass211)
- Norwood, Sharon, Walpole (hosted by Samaritans, Inc. of Boston)
- Plymouth County (For information, email: [email protected])