IMPACT OF BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDE AND OTHER TRAUMATIC DEATH ON ADOLESCENTS AND PARENTS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SUPPORT
Karl Andriessen, PhD
April 20, 2023
Having someone close die through suicide or another form of traumatic death is a distressing event in the lives of adolescents, putting them at risk of adverse grief and mental health problems. In addition to intrapersonal grief reactions, the bereavement may rupture the family equilibrium.
This webinar aims to explore the characteristics of suicide bereavement, and the impact of suicide on adolescents and their environment, as perceived by adolescents and parents/guardians. Research findings indicate that adolescents’ grief must be understood within the context of their agency and their immediate social environment. Implications for support will be formulated.
About the presenter
Dr Karl Andriessen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne; Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales; Research Fellow at the University of Leuven, Belgium; Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group on Suicide Bereavement of the International Association for Suicide Prevention; principal editor of “Postvention in action: the international handbook of suicide bereavement support” (Hogrefe, 2017). Having a broad interest in suicide research, his research is focused on bereavement after suicide , especially regarding young people, help-seeking and service delivery.