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Alternatives to Suicide

Alternatives to Suicide
  • Author : Andrew Page,Werner Stritzke
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-01-26
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 9780128142981
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Summary : Alternatives to Suicide: Beyond Risk and Toward a Life Worth Living demonstrates how fostering resilience and a desire for life can broaden and advance an understanding of suicide. The book summarizes the existing literature and outlines a new focus on the dynamic interplay of risk and resilience that leads to a life-focus approach to suicide prevention. It calls for a treatment approach that enhances the opportunity to collaboratively engage clients in discussion about their lives. Providing a new perspective on how to approach suicide prevention, the book also lays out key theories on resilience and the interplay of risk and protective factors. Finally, the book outlines how emerging technologies and advances in data-analytic sophistication using real-time monitoring of suicide dynamics are ushering the field of suicide research and prevention into a new and exciting era. Focuses on what attenuates the transition from thinking about suicide to attempting it Calls for a life-focus treatment approach as opposed to risk-aversion intervention techniques Demonstrates how fostering resilience can advance our understanding of pathways to suicide Discusses emerging technologies being used in current suicide research and prevention Outlines the differences between risk factors and risk correlates Covers real-time assessment of dynamic suicide risk

Hello Cruel World

Hello Cruel World
  • Author : Kate Bornstein
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-01-04
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 9781583229668
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Summary : Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it. Here, Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to life for those who want to stay on the edge, but alive. Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturize!), to the irreverent (shatter some family values), to the highly controversial. Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life. Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate Bornstein is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one.

Suicide Prevention Contracting

Suicide Prevention Contracting
  • Author : Stephen J. Edwards
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-12-11
  • Total pages :196
  • ISBN : 9780765709974
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Summary : Suicide Prevention Contracting: The Pitfalls, Perils, and Seven Safer Alternatives demonstrates that suicide prevention contracting, a widely adopted but little-understood form of suicide prevention, is almost wholly counterproductive and potentially dangerous for both patients and the clinician attempting to assist them. Edwards and Goj make a compelling case for this alarming pronouncement and offer seven alternative procedures.

Hello, Cruel World

Hello, Cruel World
  • Author : Kate Bornstein
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006
  • Total pages :192
  • ISBN : OCLC:680043005
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Critical Suicidology

Critical Suicidology
  • Author : Jennifer White,Ian Marsh,Michael J. Kral,Jonathan Morris
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-12-02
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 9780774830324
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Summary : In Critical Suicidology, a team of international scholars, practitioners, and people directly affected by suicide argue that the field of suicidology has become too focused on the biomedical paradigm: a model that pathologizes distress and obscures the social, political, and historical contexts that contribute to human suffering. The authors take a critical look at existing research, introduce the perspectives of those who have direct personal knowledge of suicide and suicidal behaviour, and propose alternative approaches that are creative and culturally sensitive. In the right hands, this book could save lives.

Reducing Suicide

Reducing Suicide
  • Author : Institute of Medicine,Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health,Committee on Pathophysiology and Prevention of Adolescent and Adult Suicide
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2002-10-01
  • Total pages :512
  • ISBN : 0309169437
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Summary : Every year, about 30,000 people die by suicide in the U.S., and some 650,000 receive emergency treatment after a suicide attempt. Often, those most at risk are the least able to access professional help. Reducing Suicide provides a blueprint for addressing this tragic and costly problem: how we can build an appropriate infrastructure, conduct needed research, and improve our ability to recognize suicide risk and effectively intervene. Rich in data, the book also strikes an intensely personal chord, featuring compelling quotes about people’s experience with suicide. The book explores the factors that raise a person’s risk of suicide: psychological and biological factors including substance abuse, the link between childhood trauma and later suicide, and the impact of family life, economic status, religion, and other social and cultural conditions. The authors review the effectiveness of existing interventions, including mental health practitioners’ ability to assess suicide risk among patients. They present lessons learned from the Air Force suicide prevention program and other prevention initiatives. And they identify barriers to effective research and treatment. This new volume will be of special interest to policy makers, administrators, researchers, practitioners, and journalists working in the field of mental health.

The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide

The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide
  • Author : Yogesh Dwivedi
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-06-25
  • Total pages :482
  • ISBN : 9781439838815
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Summary : With recent studies using genetic, epigenetic, and other molecular and neurochemical approaches, a new era has begun in understanding pathophysiology of suicide. Emerging evidence suggests that neurobiological factors are not only critical in providing potential risk factors but also provide a promising approach to develop more effective treatment and prevention strategies. The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide discusses the most recent findings in suicide neurobiology. Psychological, psychosocial, and cultural factors are important in determining the risk factors for suicide; however, they offer weak prediction and can be of little clinical use. Interestingly, cognitive characteristics are different among depressed suicidal and depressed nonsuicidal subjects, and could be involved in the development of suicidal behavior. The characterization of the neurobiological basis of suicide is in delineating the risk factors associated with suicide. The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide focuses on how and why these neurobiological factors are crucial in the pathogenic mechanisms of suicidal behavior and how these findings can be transformed into potential therapeutic applications.

Building a Therapeutic Alliance with the Suicidal Patient

Building a Therapeutic Alliance with the Suicidal Patient
  • Author : Konrad Michel,David A. Jobes
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :414
  • ISBN : 1433809079
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Summary : The quality of the therapeutic alliance is a well-established factor for successful therapy. With suicidal patients, a strong therapeutic alliance can quite literally save a person's life. In this book, an elite group of clinicians and researchers explore what has become known as the Aeschi approach to clinical suicide prevention. According to this view, mental health professionals must recognize a fundamental conflict at the heart of good clinical practice: While they are experts in the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders, when it comes to the patient's suicidal story, the patient is the expert. Successful interventions with suicidal patients must therefore be empathic and honor the very personal perspective of the patient. This exceptional volume addresses a wide range of issues, from the principles and methods of establishing a working alliance to patient-oriented therapies for suicidality. Moreover, the text discusses practical clinical matters related to specific treatments across theoretical orientations and modalities. Above all, this book provides essential guidance for any clinician seeking a sensible and compelling approach to working effectively with suicidal patients. Konrad Michel, MD, MRCPsych, is a senior psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the outpatient department of the University Psychiatric it Hospital in Bern, Switzerland, and is also in private clinical practice. Dr. Michel has been a collaborator on the World Health OrganizationùEuropean Multicenter Study on Suicidal Behavior. He has conducted several clinical research projects focusing on the role of general practitioners in suicide prevention and on various aspects of the patientûclinician clinical relationship. Together with Ladislav Valach, PhD, Dr. Michel has developed a model of understanding suicidal behavior based on the theory of goal-directed action and narrative interviewing. He is also the initiator of the Aeschi Working Group, a group of clinicians and researchers who are dedicated to improving clinical suicide prevention by developing and promoting patient-oriented models of understanding suicidal behavior. David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology and associate director of clinical training at The Catholic University of America. His research and writing have led to numerous publications in suicidology, with a particular focus on clinical suicidology. Dr. Jobes is a past president of the American Association of Suicidology and is the recipient of that organization's 1995 Edwin Shneidman Award in recognition of early career contribution to suicide research. He has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Jobes is a board-certified clinical psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology) who maintains a private clinical and forensic practice at the Washington Psychological Center, Washington, DC.

Adultery and Other Alternatives to Suicide

Adultery and Other Alternatives to Suicide
  • Author : Melanie Bacon
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-11-17
  • Total pages :190
  • ISBN : 1466492031
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Summary : All Major Ernie Bearclaw wanted was a clean house, an attractive wife and a little respect. But when he returns to the States for powwow after his Mideast deployment he finds chaos on the rez, in his home, and in his bed. Ernie speaks up. And then a couple of people shoot him. Now Ernie's in a coma and his family, enemies and grateful nation are trying to figure out who shot him and why. There are a lot of suspects, because Ernie is a complicated guy. The tribal chairman hates him for blabbing to the media about misuse of casino funds. The Army thinks an Iraqi treasure smuggling cartel is after him. Ernie's spurned love Ellen, furious at his survival, stalks the hospital corridors hoping to unplug him. His wife Julia fantasizes about how kindly people will treat her at his funeral. Who shot Ernie Bearclaw? Do the crows really have the answer? Do the elders have time for another bingo game? And is this any way to treat a war hero?ADULTERY AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE is the first book in the SPIDER CLOUD CASINO MYSTERY series.

Now I Lay Me Down

Now I Lay Me Down
  • Author : David Lester,Margot Tallmer
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1994
  • Total pages :239
  • ISBN : UOM:39015026820889
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Summary : Suicide in the elderly : an overview / David Lester -- Symptoms and assessment of suicide in the elderly patient / Margot Tallmer -- Suicide across the life span with particular reference to the elderly / Antoon A. Leenaars -- Psychiatric treatment of the elderly suicidal patient / Bruce L. Danto and Joan M. Danto -- Individual and group therapy for the suicidal older person / Margot Tallmer -- Family therapy for the suicidal elderly / Joseph Richman -- Gender issues in counseling the suicidal elderly / Silvia Sara Canetto -- Psychiatric management of the suicidal elderly / Henry Rosenvinge -- Suicidal elders in long-term care facilities : preventive approaches and management / Nancy J. Osgood and Nancy R. Covey -- Social work and the suicidal older person / Elizabeth J. Clark -- The elderly suicide : those left behind / Rochelle Balter.??Helping the suicidal elderly : a Hungarian perspective / Bea?ta Temesva?ry -- Alternatives to suicide / Robert Kastenbaum -- Sara Teasdale : case study of a completed suicide / David Lester -- Subintentioned life-threatening behavior in the elderly : the story of Myra / Lenore S. Powell -- Assisted suicide and the elderly / David Lester.

Biblical Psychotherapy

Biblical Psychotherapy
  • Author : Kalman J. Kaplan,Paul Cantz
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-11-29
  • Total pages :260
  • ISBN : 9781498560825
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Summary : Biblical Psychotherapy, Kalman J. Kaplan and Paul Cantz offer a new approach to suicide prevention based on biblical narratives that is designed to overcome the suicidogenic patterns in Greek and Roman stories implicit in modern mental health. More than sixteen suicides and self-mutilations emerge in the twenty-six surviving tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides and countless others occurred in Greek and Roman lives. In contrast, only six suicides are found in the Hebrew Scriptures, in addition to a number of suicide-prevention narratives. Kaplan and Cantz reclaim life-enhancing biblical narratives as alternatives to matched suicidal stories in Greek and Roman society with regard to seven evidence-based risk factors. These biblical narratives are employed to treat fourteen patients fitting into the outlined Graeco-Roman suicidal syndromes and to provide an in-depth positive psychology aimed at promoting life rather than simply preventing suicide.

When Nothing Matters Anymore

When Nothing Matters Anymore
  • Author : Bev Cobain
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-11-12
  • Total pages :160
  • ISBN : 9781575428826
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Summary : On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain ended his long struggle with depression and chemical dependency by taking his own life. His suicide profoundly affected millions of fans around the world who identified with the music of Kurt and his band, Nirvana. Bev Cobain is Kurt's cousin, and this powerful book is her way of dealing with his death—and reaching out to teens with a life-saving message: You don't have to be sad, discouraged, or depressed. There is help and hope for you. Full of solid information and straight talk, When Nothing Matters Anymore defines and explains adolescent depression, reveals how common it is, describes the symptoms, and spreads the good news that depression is treatable. Personal stories, photos, and poetry from teens dealing with depression speak directly to readers' feelings, concerns, and experiences. Teens learn how to recognize depression in themselves and others, understand its effects, and take care of themselves by relaxing, exercising, eating right, and talking things over with people who care. For some teens, self-help isn't enough, so Bev also tells about treatment options, presents the facts about therapy, explains the differences between various types of helping professionals (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, physicians, counselors, etc.), discusses medications, and more. This book isn't just for teens who have been diagnosed with depression. It's for any teen who feels hopeless, helpless, and alone. Clear, encouraging, and matter-of-fact, it's also recommended for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to know more about teen depression.

Suicide

Suicide
  • Author : Paul G. Quinnett
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1992
  • Total pages :168
  • ISBN : 0824513525
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Summary : This is a frank, compassionate book written to those who contemplate suicide as a way out of their situations. The author issues an invitation to life, helping people accept the imperfections of their lives, and opening eyes to the possibilities of love.

Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws

Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws
  • Author : Susan Stefan
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-03-24
  • Total pages :512
  • ISBN : 9780199981199
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Summary : "Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws argues that laws aimed at preventing suicide and laws aimed at facilitating it co-exist because they are based on two radically disparate conceptions of the would-be suicide. This is the first book that unifies policies and laws toward people who want to end their lives"--

Suicide and Attempted Suicide

Suicide and Attempted Suicide
  • Author : Geo Stone
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2001-08-12
  • Total pages :496
  • ISBN : 0786709405
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Summary : Too often attempted suicide leads to unintended consequences, because ignorance is deadly and desperation can be fatal. In this morally courageous book, Geo Stone sets out to diminish the lack of awareness about suicide, from the tragedy of teenage suicide to the debate over assisted suicide.

Myths about Suicide

Myths about Suicide
  • Author : Thomas E. Joiner
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-04-15
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 0674048229
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Summary : We need to get it in our heads that suicide is not easy, painless, cowardly, selfish, vengeful, selfmasterful, or rash; that it is not caused by breast augmentation, medicines, "slow" methods like smoking or anorexia, or, as some psychoanalysts thought, things like masturbation; that it is partly genetic and influenced by mental disorders, themselves often agonizing; and that it is preventable and treatable.

Exit House

Exit House
  • Author : Jo Roman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1992
  • Total pages :205
  • ISBN : 0553370251
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Summary : Written before Roman's carefully deliberated suicide, this book examines the idea of rational suicide as a human right and proposes an exit house for those who prefer a self-determined death

It's All the Rage!

It's All the Rage!
  • Author : Candace C. Hall
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1997-08-01
  • Total pages :45
  • ISBN : 0916897273
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Hello, Cruel World

Hello, Cruel World
  • Author : Kate Bornstein
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006
  • Total pages :231
  • ISBN : 9781583227206
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Summary : An unconventional approach to the prevention of teenage suicide offers a variety of alternatives to help teens cope with life and survive.

Suicide: A Global Perspective

Suicide: A Global Perspective
  • Author : Maurizio Pompili
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-09-19
  • Total pages :294
  • ISBN : 9781608050499
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Summary : In the year 2000, approximately one million people died from suicide: a "global" mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 years (both sexes); these figures do not include suicide attempts up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicide. Suicide worldwide is estimated to represent 1.8% of the total global burden of disease in1998, and 2.4% in countries with market and former socialist economies in 2020. Although traditionally suicide rates have been highest among the male elderly, rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of countries, in both developed and developing countries. Mental disorders (particularly depression and substance abuse) are associated with more than 90% of all cases of suicide; however, suicide results from many complex sociocultural factors and is more likely to occur particularly during periods of socioeconomic, family and individual crisis situations (e.g., loss of a loved one, employment, honour). The economic costs associated with completed and attempted suicide are estimated to be in the billions of dollars. One million lives lost each year are more than those lost from wars and murder annually in the world. It is three times the catastrophic loss of life in the tsunami disaster in Asia in 2005. Every day of the year, the number of suicides is equivalent to the number of lives lost in the attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers on 9/11 in 2001. Everyone should be aware of the warning signs for suicide: Someone threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or taking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself; someone looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; someone talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person. Also, high risk of suicide is generally associated with hopelessness; rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge; acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking; feeling trapped – like there’s no way out; increased alcohol or drug use; withdrawing from friends, family and society, anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time; dramatic mood changes; no reason for living; no sense of purpose in life. Table 1: Understanding and helping the suicidal individual should be a task for all. Suicide Myths How to Help the Suicidal Person Warning Sights of Suicide Myth: Suicidal people just want to die. Fact: Most of the time, suicidal people are torn between wanting to die and wanting to live. Most suicidal individuals don’t want death; they just want to stoop the great psychological or emotional pain they are experiencing -Listen; -Accept the person’s feelings as they are; -Do not be afraid to talk about suicide directly -Ask them if they developed a plan of suicide; -Expressing suicidal feelings or bringing up the topic of suicide; -Giving away prized possessions settling affairs, making out a will; -Signs of depression: loss of pleasure, sad mood, alterations in sleeping/eating patterns, feelings of hopelessness; Myth: People who commit suicide do not warn others. Fact: Eight out of every 10 people who kill themselves give definite clues to their intentions. They leave numerous clues and warnings to others, although clues may be non-verbal of difficult to detect. -Remove lethal means for suicide from person’s home -Remind the person that depressed feelings do change with time; -Point out when death is chosen, it is irreversible; -Change of behavior (poor work or school performance) -Risk-taking behaviors -Increased use of alcohol or drugs -Social isolation -Developing a specific plan for suicide Myth: People who talk about suicide are only trying to get attention. They won’t really do it. Fact: Few commit suicide without first letting someone know how they feel. Those who are considering suicide give clues and warnings as a cry for help. Over 70% who do threaten to commit suicide either make an attempt or complete the act. -Express your concern for the person; -Develop a plan for help with the person; -Seek outside emergency intervention at a hospital, mental health clinic or call a suicide prevention center Myth: Don’t mention suicide to someone who’s showing signs of depression. It will plant the idea in their minds and they will act on it. Fact: Many depressed people have already considered suicide as an option. Discussing it openly helps the suicidal person sort through the problems and generally provides a sense of relief and understanding. Suicide is preventable. Most suicidal individuals desperately want to live; they are just unable to see alternatives to their problems. Most suicidal individuals give definite warnings of their suicidal intentions, but others are either unaware of the significance of these warnings or do not know how to respond to them. Talking about suicide does not cause someone to be suicidal; on the contrary the individual feel relief and has the opportunity to experience an empathic contact. Suicide profoundly affects individuals, families, workplaces, neighbourhoods and societies. The economic costs associated with suicide and self-inflicted injuries are estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Surviving family members not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, and may themselves be at higher risk for suicide and emotional problems. Mental pain is the basic ingredient of suicide. Edwin Shneidman calls such pain “psychache” [1], meaning an ache in the psyche. Shneidman suggested that the key questions to ask a suicidal person are ‘Where do you hurt?’ and ‘How may I help you?’. If the function of suicide is to put a stop to an unbearable flow of painful consciousness, then it follows that the clinician’s main task is to mollify that pain. Shneidman (1) also pointed out that the main sources of psychological pain, such as shame, guilt, rage, loneliness, hopelessness and so forth, stem from frustrated or thwarted psychological needs. These psychological needs include the need for achievement, for affiliation, for autonomy, for counteraction, for exhibition, for nurturance, for order and for understanding. Shneidman [2], who is considered the father of suicidology, has proposed the following definition of suicide: ‘Currently in the Western world, suicide is a conscious act of self-induced annihilation, best understood as a multidimensional malaise in a needful individual who defines an issue for which the suicide is perceived as the best solution’. Shneidman has also suggested that ‘that suicide is best understood not so much as a movement toward death as it is a movement away from something and that something is always the same: intolerable emotion, unendurable pain, or unacceptable anguish. Strategies involving restriction of access to common methods of suicide have proved to be effective in reducing suicide rates; however, there is a need to adopt multi-sectoral approaches involving other levels of intervention and activities, such as crisis centers. There is compelling evidence indicating that adequate prevention and treatment of depression, alcohol and substance abuse can reduce suicide rates. School-based interventions involving crisis management, self-esteem enhancement and the development of coping skills and healthy decision making have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of suicide among the youth. Worldwide, the prevention of suicide has not been adequately addressed due to basically a lack of awareness of suicide as a major problem and the taboo in many societies to discuss openly about it. In fact, only a few countries have included prevention of suicide among their priorities. Reliability of suicide certification and reporting is an issue in great need of improvement. It is clear that suicide prevention requires intervention also from outside the health sector and calls for an innovative, comprehensive multi-sectoral approach, including both health and non-health sectors, e.g., education, labour, police, justice, religion, law, politics, the media.

Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning

Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • Author : John Sommers-Flanagan,Rita Sommers-Flanagan
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2021-01-12
  • Total pages :290
  • ISBN : 9781119783619
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Summary : This practical guide provides a holistic, wellness-oriented approach to understanding suicide and working effectively with clients who are suicidal. John and Rita Sommers-Flanagans’ culturally sensitive, seven-dimension model offers new ways to collaboratively integrate solution-focused and strengths-based strategies into clinical interactions and treatment planning with children, adolescents, and adults. Each chapter contains diverse case studies and key practitioner guidance points to deepen learning in addition to a wellness practice intervention to elevate mood. Personal and professional self-care and emotional preparation techniques are emphasized, as are ethical issues, counselor competencies, and clinically nuanced skill building. “This engaging book provides considerable insight into the dynamics around suicide, the emotional distress involved, and how counselors can best assist clients while also focusing on their own health and wellness. The Sommers-Flanagans’ strengths-based approach will allow practitioners to connect with their clients and offer understanding and hope when they are most needed.” —Kelly Duncan, PhD, LPC ACES Executive Director “I will read anything that the Drs. Sommers-Flanagan write. This book, however, is one where I took my time and savored each page. Why? Because suicide is emotionally charged, societally and individually taboo, scary, and near the top of the list of more common and feared client experiences. This book treats suicide assessment and treatment in an intelligent, thoughtful, and practical way for clients and clinicians. It humanizes suicidal ideation and, in doing so, helps the reader better understand how to truly care for those in distress.” —Matt Englar-Carlson, PhD California State University, Fullerton About the Authors John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, is a professor of counseling at the University of Montana and the author or coauthor of more than 100 professional publications. Rita Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, is a professor emerita of counseling at the University of Montana. She is a psychologist, poet, blogger, and the author or coauthor of almost as many publications as John. *Requests for digital versions from ACA can be found on www.wiley.com *To purchase print copies, please visit the ACA website here *Reproduction requests for material from books published by ACA should be directed to [email protected]