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Franklin's Bio

Franklin Cook, MA, CPC,* is the creator of Personal Grief Coaching, providing telephone support for all kinds of traumatic grief, and owner of Unified Community Solutions in Boston, Mass., offering suicide prevention and grief support presentations and training as well as project development, management, and leadership. He began his career in grief support in 1999 as a volunteer peer helper with Black Hills Area Survivors of Suicide and co-facilitated the support group for 10 years. He also served as a member of the Pennington County (S.D.) LOSS Team. Franklin's career in suicide prevention began when he helped found the Front Porch Coalition in 2001, a FJC-Sandy Martin - Capitol - 2005 Click image to read the caption.
grassroots task force in Rapid City, S.D. -- and he served for four years as FPC's executive director. Franklin co-authored the S.D. Strategy for Suicide Prevention and continued facilitating its implementation through 2010, including working on project management and training for two statewide suicide prevention projects. He is a Master Trainer for ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills). For many years, he was a member of the Survivor Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and continues as a trainer with AFSP's Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups workshop. Franklin was a member of the board of directors of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) for six years, prior to its merger with AFSP in 2009. He served from 2010 to 2012 as Director of Survivor and Bereavement Programs for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). He is also a longtime member of the Survivor Division of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) -- and he was named AAS Survivor of the Year in 2013. Franklin has been a member of the Consumer-Survivor Subcommittee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline since 2005, and led a CSS work group in creating the Suicide Grief Support Quick Reference. He also serves as co-lead of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, which is developing "consensus guidelines for the creation and implementation of effective, comprehensive support programs for survivors of suicide loss" throughout the United States. He edited and published the online news magazine Suicide Prevention News and Comment from 2008 to 2010 and now blogs at Grief after Suicide. In early 2014, he joined the board of directors of Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors. Franklin is a survivor of his father's suicide in 1978.

*Franklin holds a Master of Arts degree (MA) in the humanities and is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC).