Elyssa’s Mission offers a ‘postvention’ grief group to schools that have suffered the loss of a student by suicide. The purpose of this group is to lead the students through the grieving process in a healthy, supportive, non-judgmental environment. While some students may be more comfortable in an individual counseling session, others will feel more at ease in a group setting with peers who are dealing with the same emotions.
Research shows that those closely affected by the suicide are at a heightened risk following the death of a friend or loved one. Elyssa’s Mission will provide a safe space for those students to express feelings, share stories, and participate in a grief group curriculum led by a Licensed Professional from Elyssa’s Mission.
The group will consist of 8-12 students most impacted by the recent suicide. The group will last 8 weeks and will meet weekly during the school day on a rotating class basis. A member of the school clinical staff is encouraged to co-facilitate during the group sessions.