Systematic Review of Suicide Postvention Programs

To support the implementation of the Nova Scotia Strategic Framework to Address Suicide, the need for a series of evidence papers was identified. The Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection, the Nova Scotia Department of Health, the Canadian Mental Health Association (Nova Scotia Division), and the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health Team have agreed to partner on the development of these evidence papers that will review literature in relation to practices that support suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of suicide postvention programs on bereavement, mental distress, and mental health, and to investigate their cost-effectiveness.