Networking to support suicide survivors.

Mental Health Center, Halle, Belgium.
Crisis The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention (Impact Factor: 1.09). 02/2003; 24(1):29-31. DOI: 10.1027//0227-5910.24.1.29
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ABSTRACT This paper is the first report on a national program for increasing bereavement support for suicide survivors in the Flemish region in Belgium. A Working Group consisting of representatives of a wide variety of mental health institutions, social programs, and suicide survivor groups in the area determined that a program developing networks between the services seems to hold the greatest promise for both an increase in the number of services available and an improvement in the quality of services offered.

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