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

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

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Thsi book deal with issues of treating adult suicidality; identifying and assessing suicide risk;safety, treatment planning, and ongoing monitoring of suicidality; linkages between adult mental health and addiction services and the community;well-being issues for the clinician
Thsi book deal with issues of treating adult suicidality; identifying and assessing suicide risk;safety, treatment planning, and ongoing monitoring of suicidality; linkages between adult mental health and addiction services and the community;well-being issues for the clinician

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Working With the Client Who is Suicidal:
A Tool for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services
 
Working With the Client Who is Suicidal: A ool for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services 
provides an overview o recommended practices in assessing and treating suicidal behaviour in adults. Tis document is consistent with the goalsidentied in the
Blueprint or a Canadian National Suicide Prevention Strategy 
 developed by the Canadian Association orSuicide Prevention (CASP) in . Specically this document responds to the ollowing goals as identied by CASP: toincrease training or key gatekeepers volunteers and proessionals regarding recognition o risk actors warning signs andat-risk behaviours; to provide eective interventions; and to develop and promote eective clinical and proessional practiceto support clients amilies and communities. Accompanying documents include:
Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals 
Coping with Suicidal Toughts 
Hope & Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide 
Project Management & Coordination Joti Samra PhD RPsychResearch & WritingLynda Monk MSW RSW  Joti Samra PhD RPsychEditing Joti Samra PhD RPsych; Jennier White EdD; Elliot Goldner MDMinistry o Health Project LeadGerrit van der Leer Director Mental Health and AddictionTe British Columbia Ministry o Health sponsored development o the guide through the Centre or Applied Research inMental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) at the Faculty o Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.Tis document is an adaptation o 
Practice Principles: A Guide For Mental Health Clinicians Working with Suicidal Childrenand Youth
() prepared by Joanna Ashworth or the Suicide Prevention Inormation and Resource Centre (SPIRC) atthe University o British Columbia and unded by the British Columbia Ministry o Children and Family Development.Copies o this document can be downloaded at no cost rom:Centre or Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction: www.carmha.caB.C. Ministry o Health Mental Health and Addiction: www.health.gov.bc.ca/mhd
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data 
Main entry under title: Working with the client who is suicidal : a tool or adult mental health and addiction services.Produced by the Centre or Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA)or the Ministry o Health. C. Acknowledgements.Available also on the Internet.ISBN ----. Suicidal behavior - reatment. . Suicide – Risk actors. . Suicide – Prevention.. Suicidal behavior – British Columbia. .Mental health services - British Columbia.I. British Columbia. Mental Health and Addictions Branch. II. Simon Fraser University.Centre or Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction.RC W  .’ C--
 
Tis guide is not a prescribed standard o care and thereore cannot and does not stipulate a single correctapproach or all clinical situations. Tis document should be used as an inormation and planning tool only.Decisions regarding specic procedures or specic suicidal individuals remain the responsibility o theattending proessional(s). Sophisticated clinical judgment is always a requisite and it is important to alwayserr on the side o saety.Te text has been prepared to advance and strengthen the ongoing work o mental health and addictionpractitioners. Te target audience is assumed to be conversant with and knowledgeable about basic termsand practices in mental health and addiction settings including: diagnostic categories assessment procedurestherapeutic alliance and clinical record-keeping.Troughout this document inormation on various treatment modalities and orientations is provided. It isimportant to acknowledge that reading this guide does not imply that a clinician is conversant in a particulartreatment modality. Clinicians who are interested in urther training and treatment are encouraged to pursueurther continuing education activities.Te bulk o the existing empirical literature on suicide ocuses on risk assessment and there is a notabledearth o evidence-based research ocused on treatment o suicidality. However reliable risk assessment andprediction o suicide remains an elusive task: the decision-making process is dicult to describe and is notcaptured by simple compilation o risk actors. o be maximally useul assessment must always occur withinthe context o a therapeutic alliance. Te role o the clinician is to move beyond simple assessment o risk actors toward clinical management o risk and therapeutic treatment o underlying contributors tosuicidality.
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