UPDATE (February 2012)
This blog was maintained regularly from October 2008 to March 2010 by Franklin Cook of Unified Community Solutions and is being kept available because a number of posts continue to attract readers. For a time, approval of comments made were “on hold,” but comments are once again being moderated. All of the content will continue to be archived as long as there is an interest in some of the posts and WordPress provides this basic service for free. You may contact Franklin by email. He now blogs at personalgriefcoach.info.
ARCHIVED ABOUT PAGE INFORMATION
Suicide Prevention News and Comment’s mission is to help communities keep up-to-date on developments in the fields of suicide prevention and suicide grief support. The website is intended to be a reader-focused resource, featuring news and information from across the United States and Canada (some posts reference stories of interest from elsewhere that are published in English). It is designed in the style of a newspaper (front-page stories in columns) and is presented in a blog format so readers can view all of SPNAC’s posts in the archives and post comments themselves if they’d like to. SPNAC’s editor posts headlined items to the website, which are chosen and presented based on editorial guidelines that delineate standards for newsworthiness, objectivity and point of view, practical implications and safety, inclusiveness, and literary merit.
SPNAC readers may post a comment by clicking on the “Comment” link at the bottom of a headlined item and providing a valid email address. SPNAC reserves the right to determine whether to publish a comment or not: If a comment is edited by SPNAC, [edited portions will be noted within bracketed text, like this]. This policy on comments is not intended to be exclusive: It is designed to encourage conversations in keeping with the quality of SPNAC’s content and the purpose underlying SPNAC’s editorial mission.
SPNAC is an independent blog, edited and published by Franklin Cook, a long-time suicide prevention advocate and suicide grief outreach worker. He operates Unified Community Solutions, a public health consultancy that provides leadership, technical assistance, and training throughout the United States to improve services to survivors of suicide loss (a survivor of suicide loss is any person who has been deeply affected by the suicide of someone with whom he or she is in a close relationship).
You can read a short bio of Franklin on the website of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where he serves on the Consumer Survivor Subcommittee. Franklin’s father, Joseph, died of suicide in November 1978. He spoke about his father’s death, how a survivor support group helped him, and some of his views on suicide grief in a 30-minute talk [if you listen to the talk, please also read the comments about it, below] during the 10th annual National Survivors of Suicide Day event on Nov. 22, 2008 in Rapid City, S.D. You may also listen to him talk about his journey of healing in a brief presentation on the Lifeline Gallery (where any survivor can also create his or her own avatar and presentation).
[The abridged URL for this page is bit.ly/aboutfjc.]