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Working With the Client Who is Suicidal: A Tool for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
Abstract: 

Working With the Client Who is Suicidal: A Tool for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services provides an overview of recommended practices in assessing and treating suicidal behaviour in adults.

This document is consistent with the goals identified in the Blueprint for a Canadian National Suicide Prevention Strategy, developed by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) in 2004. Specifically, this document responds to the following goals as identified by CASP: to increase training for key gatekeepers, volunteers, and professionals regarding recognition of risk factors, warning signs and at-risk behaviours; to provide effective interventions; and to develop and promote effective clinical and professional practice to support clients, families and communities.

Document type: 
Report

Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
Abstract: 

Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, is a useful tool for assessment and management of suicidality for providers without a mental health background, including those that may be working in an acute care/emergency setting.

Task One: ASSESS

  • Assess current suicidal ideation
  • Obtain details if there is a suicidal plan
  • Gather details on current and previous attempts
  • Obtain information on psychiatric and other history
  • Conduct mental status examination

Task Two: ADVISE

  • Provide meaning and support
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Provide Information
  • Follow-up
  • Communicate with families/ significant other(s)
  • When to make a specialist referral
Document type: 
Report

Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
Abstract: 

Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide, is a guide that focuses on the practical matters that survivors need to deal with after a loved one has died by suicide.

This resource was developed by the Suicide Response Initiative of the Calgary Health Region, with support from the Alberta Mental Health Board, and adapted by CARMHA with permission for use in BC.

CONTENTS

When Someone You Love Dies By Suicide: Emotional reactions to a suicide are intense and overwhelming. Knowing what to expect will help you cope.

Practical Matters: Information about arranging a funeral and dealing with legal and financial matters is provided.

Working Through the Grief: Provides information, instruction and advice concerning active steps the depressed worker can take to improve self-care, facilitate functioning, and address workplace issues.

Other Resources:  Important emergency and mental health phone numbers, as well as well as survivor support resources and organizations are listed.  Suicide survivors have found these organizations, websites and books to be especially helpful.  For other resources, ask at your public library, local mental health organizations and regional health authority.

Beyond Surviving:  Suggestions for survivors are offered to help them move beyond surviving.

Document type: 
Report

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
Abstract: 

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts is intended for individuals who are currently experiencing suicidal ideation and/or have had a plan or made an attempt to hurt themselves. The document is designed to offer resources, information, support, and practical steps to help cope with suicidality.

Document type: 
Report