For the Media

As an international authority on the aftermath of suicide with 20+ years of professional experience—and the longtime survivor of my own brother’s suicide—I can offer perspective and information through an expert voice, to complement what might be elicited from family members, friends, and/or first responders. I can address:


  • How/why suicide occurs, including in individuals who were “the last one you’d expect”

  • The relationship between suicide and the COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine, and isolation (or unemployment, bullying, divorce, or other serious life stressors)

  • The natural fears and questions following the suicide of a young person, including the possibility of contagion

  • What to expect in the aftermath of suicide (what’s “normal” and when to worry)

  • The impact of suicide in a workplace

  • The impact of suicide in a faith community

  • The impact of suicide in a school community 

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1.   Suicide is very complicated and is almost always caused by a complex mix of factors, not just by a single event or circumstance. In most cases, these factors include a serious underlying mental health condition such as depression, which can cause intense emotional suffering, but which may not have been obvious from the outside.


2. It is safe to ask someone if they may be thinking about suicide (and a myth that asking a direct question about suicidality can somehow increase risk). The best way to ask: “I’m concerned about your safety. Have you been thinking about death or dying?”


3. People cope with suicide loss in very different ways. Some may share their feelings openly, others prefer to cope privately. 


4. Please include two key suicide prevention resources: 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Crisis Text Line. Text “TALK” to 741741).


5. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the National Consensus Recommendations for Safe and Effective Reporting on Suicide. Following these evidence-based recommendations can help reduce the risk of suicide contagion. 


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Coping After Suicide, LLC (and Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, CT, JD, President) serve solely as a suicide bereavement and postvention advisor/coach and are not licensed mental health professionals. Advice provided is not intended to constitute therapy or mental health counseling, and shall not be so construed.  Responsibility for seeking psychological counseling and/or medical advice rests solely with the user. Coping After Suicide, LLC and Joanne L. Harpel, President, are not governed by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  


If at any time you are in crisis and/or feeling suicidal call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at  800-273-TALK or 911, text “HELP” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go the nearest emergency room.

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