7 Supporting Your Staff In the days following the incident, staff may want to discuss their reactions to the death with you and/or a mental health professional. Sometimes, people are impacted by a suicide death because they have a personal connection to the issue of suicide: they may have lost a family member in the past, or they themselves may have struggled with suicidal thoughts. They may not feel comfortable sharing this information now, yet it is important to be aware that there may be past experiences contributing to their reaction. Let them know help is available and that you are concerned about their well-being. Encourage them to be open about what they might need to help them cope, such as time off, or a change in responsibilities. You may provide your staff with resources for local health professionals. Some common reactions include: • Asking “why?” • Feeling numb, or more intense emotions than usual • Feeling angry, sad, or a sense of responsibility or guilt • Worrying for one’s own safety, fearing the death of others, or that a similar incident will occur • Avoiding reminders of the death, including not wanting to come to work Some activities you and your staff might find helpful at this time include: • Making sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthily, and getting regular exercise • Spending time with family and friends • Taking time away from your daily routine — engaging in activities that are enjoyable and relaxing • You can find more self-care activities at afsp.org/firearms