This paper explores suicide in military families and the use of peer support for suicide loss survivors.
The United States military began to experience a steady increase in suicide rates across all service branches at the inception of the wars in Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003). As the number of suicide deaths increased, so did the number of affected survivors who seek postvention support. Unique issues that accompany suicide death may expose survivors to a more distressing and complicated grief process. Peer support has clinically been observed to be widely utilized by suicide loss survivors. This article explores unique issues accompanying military suicide loss, potential benefits of postvention peer-based support, clinical considerations, and future directions.
Harrington-LaMorie J, Jordan J, Ruocco K, et al. Surviving families of military suicide loss: Exploring postvention peer support. Death Studies 2018; 42: 1-12.