Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS Teams)
Many times one suicide can lead to another. Therefore, the LOSS Team serves to provide prevention against additional losses. The ultimate goal of LOSS Teams is to reduce the time between the loss event and the seeking of help, thereby building a foundation of resilience. AFM established Georgia's first LOSS Team in 2013 and works closely with the Peachtree City Police Department in times of loss within the community. To learn more about how you can be involved with the LOSS Team contact us today.
The first LOSS Team model was developed by Dr. Campbell in 1997. In working with the Coroner’s office in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana he sought to bring immediate support to survivors as close to the time of death as possible. It was due to his more than twenty years of working with those bereaved by suicide that he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM) most commonly known as the LOSS Team.
The APM concept involves a team of first responders who provide support and referral for those bereaved by the suicide. The goal has been to shorten the elapsed time between the death and survivors finding the help they feel will best serve them in coping with devastating loss. The Active Postvention Model has been shown to have a positive impact on both the team members (most often bereaved individuals who have gotten help and now provide the installation of hope to the newly bereaved) as well as the newly bereaved. The model has now been replicated in countries as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Canada and America.
Armed Forces Mission activated the first LOSS Team in the state of Georgia in 2013 in Fayette County. Since that time the LOSS Team has provided service throughout the Southeast, traveling as far as 900 miles to provide services for survivors. In our hometown within the southern crescent of Atlanta, Georgia the Fayette LOSS Team is actively involved with various law enforcement agencies providing services for families in the midst of crisis and grief. The AFM LOSS Team is made possible by the generous support of community members.
Many times one suicide can lead to another. Therefore, the LOSS Team serves to provide prevention against additional losses. The ultimate goal of LOSS Teams is to reduce the time between the loss event and the seeking of help, thereby building a foundation of resilience. LOSS Teams help survivors by coordinating various organizations (Suicide Support Groups, Mental Health Departments, Counseling Services and Churches) in seeing that the survivor’s needs are met. Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the US are discovering the value of LOSS Teams when suicide strikes the force or the civilian community.
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Thank you so much for coming into our life. I strongly feel that God sent you to us that night...without you I really don't know what route we would of taken and I thank you for making sure we took the high road!
You have let God use you to help our family and friends through the hardest time imaginable with the utmost respect and gentleness. God bless you! Dena Anderson
This world is a better place for having compassionate champions like AFM. Their commitment, tenacity and support helps build the necessary networks so that we as a community can work together to reduce our losses. Sofia Wadman
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