Day 1 Afternoon Keynote: Stabilizing Military Units and Organizations After Suicide Loss

Presenter: Kim Ruocco, MSW, Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)


This 90-minute session will offer comprehensive guidelines on how to stabilize a setting following a death by suicide. This session will highlight TAPS' best-practice, three-phase model, with particular focus on phase one, stabilization. The training will provide specific information on how to decrease risk and promote healing by addressing trauma, messaging, and suicide-specific issues.


Learning objectives

  1. Describe the three phases of TAPS Postvention Model

  2. A well-informed understanding of how to coordinate a safe and supportive response to a suicide that is attuned to military culture and values.

  3. An awareness of a variety of resources that can help us support survivors of suicide loss