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. When it comes to helping a suicidal person, though, you can never know too much.
I created this website to supplement my book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals contains many evidence-based tips about fostering open discussions about suicide, assessing suicide risk, planning for safety, alleviating psychological pain, fostering hope, building coping skills, preventing relapse – and more.
You will find enough information here to enable you to spend many hours, even many months, discovering important books (in addition to my book), online training opportunities, different professional groups’ guidelines for helping the suicidal person, and more.
I also will occasionally add to this blog. Check back for updates and other information about suicide risk assessment, interventions, and new opportunities for further learning. Better yet, you can sign up to receive an email notifying you of a new post.
I welcome you here, and I encourage you to take a look around the site. If you have any suggestions, corrections, or questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or to fill out the form below.
Revised Sept. 29, 2021