Lifeline Online Postvention Manual

The postvention work done in “real world” communities should be replicated online. Comprehensive strategies will assist those affected by a suicide within schools and other community settings, in addition to using social media sites to further these efforts. Responsible postvention initiatives should utilize social networking sites to 1) distribute relevant information and resources, and 2) monitor comments from individuals connected to the bereaved. Furthermore, those overseeing these efforts should collaborate with parents and guardians to ensure that they monitor their children’s use of social media and work with families of the deceased to bypass any privacy settings that would prohibit the activities outlined above The recommendations of this manual detail how to safely memorialize someone who has died bysuicide. These messaging guidelines can also be applied to online memorials and onlinemessages about the deceased.