Abstract: Objectives: To test the robustness of the findings of previous studies in a large aggregated sample regarding (a) the impact of a patient’s suicide on therapist’s distress; (b) identify a potential subgroup of therapists needing special postvention; (c) and assess potential differences in overall distress between professional groups and at different levels of care.Methods: A questionnaire, characterizing the therapists, their reactions and the patients, had been sent out to 201 psychiatric hospitals in Germany providing different levels of care. Aggregated data from previous studies have been used.Results: In 39.6% of all cases, therapists suffer from severe distress after a patients’ suicide. The global item “overall distress” can be used as an indicator to identify a subgroup of therapists that might need individualized postvention.

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