89 Tips for Helping a Suicidal Person (For Professionals)

Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals provides a practical toolbox that mental health professionals can start using immediately with clients thinking of suicide. Many books focus only on suicide risk assessment or on a single therapeutic framework. In contrast, Helping the Suicidal Person incorporates tips and techniques from an array of evidence-based therapies for suicidal individuals, such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). Other tips haven’t been tested but make good clinical sense, like to take into account the person’s religious beliefs and other cultural considerations. Helping the Suicidal Person draws from research findings and the clinical literature, but it's not overly academic in tone. It's conversational and rich with case scenarios. In all, the book contains 15 [...]

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SpeakingOfSuicide.com: A Resource for Professionals, & More

SpeakingOfSuicide.com is a website for anyone touched in any way by suicide - people who think of suicide, people who have attempted suicide, people who have lost someone to suicide, and the professionals who help all of the above. Although many of Speaking of Suicide's site's posts are geared toward lay people, there is a section for mental health professionals who help individuals affected by suicidal urges or suicide loss. That section contains the following posts: Language Matters: Committed Suicide vs. Completed Suicide vs. Died by Suicide How to Navigate Confidentiality and Contact with Family After a Client’s Suicide Wait, Who Is A Suicide Survivor Again? “Woefully Inadequate”: Suicide Prevention Training in Graduate Schools What is a Suicide Gesture? Is Suicide Inevitable for Some People? Should Therapists Attend the Funeral of [...]

By |2017-10-09T01:25:04+00:00October 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on SpeakingOfSuicide.com: A Resource for Professionals, & More

“Effectively Saving Lives”: A Free Webinar on Sept. 13 by the National Lifeline Director

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="no" equal_height_columns="no" menu_anchor="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" background_color="" background_image="" background_position="center center" background_repeat="no-repeat" fade="no" background_parallax="none" parallax_speed="0.3" video_mp4="" video_webm="" video_ogv="" video_url="" video_aspect_ratio="16:9" video_loop="yes" video_mute="yes" overlay_color="" video_preview_image="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding_top="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" padding_right=""][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_6" layout="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" border_position="all" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" center_content="no" last="no" min_height="" hover_type="none" link=""][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type="2_3" layout="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" border_position="all" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" center_content="no" last="no" min_height="" hover_type="none" link=""][fusion_text] [fusion_separator style_type="none" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" sep_color="" top_margin="15" bottom_margin="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center"][/fusion_separator] [fusion_separator style_type="none" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" sep_color="" top_margin="15" bottom_margin="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center"][/fusion_separator] Many activities are planned during Suicide Prevention Week, which follows Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10). One is a webinar [...]

By |2017-09-09T00:47:00+00:00September 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Effectively Saving Lives”: A Free Webinar on Sept. 13 by the National Lifeline Director

An Important Question for the Suicidal Person: “What Stops You?”

Over at my site SpeakingOfSuicide.com, I discuss a question to ask your suicidal clients: What stops you? I also discuss why some people are reluctant to ask this question, and why it is so important to ask, regardless. Check it out here: “What Stops You from Killing Yourself?”

By |2017-09-04T20:30:23+00:00September 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on An Important Question for the Suicidal Person: “What Stops You?”

Maintain Hope for Your Suicidal Clients, Even (& Especially) If Things Seem Hopeless

If ever you feel hopeless about a suicidal client, remember that as long as the person is alive, there is hope for change – even when it seems otherwise. In my book Helping the Suicidal Person, I talk a lot about the need to maintain hope. This can be difficult, because the suicidal person’s hopelessness can infect you. Sadly, a feeling of hopelessness is often contagious. And your own sense of hopelessness likewise can infect (or re-infect) the suicidal person. So if you feel hopeless about your client’s ability to survive suicidal urges, actively try to reconnect with hope. Get consultation or talk to a therapist. Remind yourself that nobody’s suicide is inevitable, as I discuss in this post on my other website, SpeakingOfSuicide.com. And if you need a reminder [...]

By |2017-09-05T06:00:53+00:00September 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Maintain Hope for Your Suicidal Clients, Even (& Especially) If Things Seem Hopeless

HelpingTheSuicidalPerson.com: What, Why, & Welcome!

[fusion_builder_container admin_label="" hundred_percent="no" equal_height_columns="no" menu_anchor="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" background_color="" background_image="" background_position="center center" background_repeat="no-repeat" fade="no" background_parallax="none" enable_mobile="no" parallax_speed="0.3" video_mp4="" video_webm="" video_ogv="" video_url="" video_aspect_ratio="16:9" video_loop="yes" video_mute="yes" video_preview_image="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left=""][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" layout="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" border_position="all" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" center_content="no" last="no" min_height="" hover_type="none" link=""][fusion_separator style_type="none" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" sep_color="" top_margin="40" bottom_margin="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" /][fusion_text]   Too many mental health professionals have too little education in suicide assessment and intervention. I discuss this lamentable state on my other website, in a post titled “Woefully Inadequate”: Suicide Prevention Training in Graduate Schools. Yet even the uncommon clinician with excellent training in helping suicidal individuals always has more to learn. With many evidence-based [...]

By |2017-09-05T08:33:48+00:00September 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on HelpingTheSuicidalPerson.com: What, Why, & Welcome!
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