|Preventing Suicide: How to Start a Survivors Group (WHO, 2000, 50 p.)|
Possible resources can encompass a wide range of areas of information that will be of value to the group or individuals within the group. The process of gathering and compiling the information can be developed into a group project, with members following up on specific areas. The information collected can then be put in a folder for all members to use or placed on computer to build up a database.
Such a project can serve a two-fold purpose. It will increase the awareness of various sectors of the community about the group while bringing it valuable information. It will also involve members of the group in an activity that is practical and of value to them individually.
The following points may serve as a guide to action:
· Gain information on local organizations. Make appointments, visit, develop links and gather printed material. The organizations may include health services, community and voluntary agencies, and professional associations. Members can brainstorm with their contacts, which can be of value to them.
· Identify experts from within the community who can be approached as guest speakers for future meetings. This group could include health professionals, members of associated groups, and educators. Topics that could provide useful information for the information/guest speaker portion of meetings might include: education on the facts relating to suicide; the roles of health professionals (including the mental health area); understanding and recognizing depression and mental illness; complementary therapies; understanding grief; gender differences in grieving; and caring for the carers.
· Identify educationalists who could provide training for group members. Possible areas for training could include: understanding grief; facilitating groups; working with groups; communication skills; and caring for the carers.
· Contact libraries and related organizations that will be able to provide the group with book lists and with reference and reading material. The Compassionate Friends have an extensive collection of information sheets on a wide range of topics, covering all facets of grief and loss, with a great deal of material on the effects of death by suicide. Contacting this organization or similar ones will provide access to a wealth of information.