A psychological autopsy is an in-depth reconstruction of an unclear suicide death. A trained mental health expert interviews family members, friends, and others who are able to provide relevant information about the victim, and the behaviors and events which led up to the death. A psychological autopsy can be used for a variety of purposes:
A primary goal for those who work in suicide prevention is to use psychological autopsies to further our knowledge of why people take their own lives, and use that knowledge to prevent additional suicides. For specific questions or referrals, contact Jim McCauley, LICSW, at 781-433-0672, ext. 5619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.