Suicide & Self-Harm: Helping People at Risk
by Linda Gask
Learn the critical skills necessary for assessing and helping suicidal clients in this excellent video.
As mental health professionals, there is no way for us to know who is going to commit suicide, but learning to successfully assess risk and address threats will greatly improve the chance that we can prevent it from happening.

This comprehensive video from the University of Manchester walks through all the steps necessary to effectively intervene when a client threatens suicide or self-harm. You’ll learn about assessment, crisis management, problem solving, and crisis prevention through a variety of realistic vignettes. Knowing what to do or say can be difficult to figure out when sitting with a potentially suicidal client. By watching clinicians work with a range of clients—including a school teacher, a teenage addict, and a paranoid-psychotic man—you’ll learn how to create a quick and effective alliance with your client, and how to ask the difficult questions that are necessary to assess suicidality and help them through their crisis. With her expert narration, Dr. Linda Gask guides you through each key step and technique of the process from beginning to end.

What therapists are saying…

"I thought this video clearly discussed issues surrounding the assessment, crisis prevention, problem solving, and crisis prevention of a suicidal individual.  The vignettes depicted the emotion and pain of those confronted with suicide ideation and the effective and compassionate communication of the individual working with the client.  I think the video is thought provoking and will give the clinician some strategies to use when trying to effectively question a potentially suicidal individual."

-- Ruth Bischoff, Chief Nursing Officer, Marshall Medical Center South
In Depth
From watching this video, you will:

• Increase your confidence in working with suicidal patients.
• Develop skills for the assessment of suicide and self-harm risk.
• Improve techniques in managing situations in which people are at risk.
• Understand the different tasks involved in crisis management, problem-solving and crisis prevention.

Note: This is a British production, so don't be surprised by the accents!  Some US viewers have reported a slight challenge understanding some parts of it, so we have just added English subtitles which you can turn on or off.  We think the realistic and informative content of this video more than compensates for any challenges US viewers may have with the language. 

Length of video: 1:32:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-170-4

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-170-2

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-171-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-171-9

Linda Gask is Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester, and was the founder of the STORM training initiative for suicide prevention. She is the Western European Zonal Representative for the World Psychiatric Association and has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization. She has done extensive research on improving the quality of care for people with depression and medically unexplained symptoms, and the management of people at risk of self-harm.

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