Responding to suicide, online and offline: an introduction – one-day workshop – limited tickets!
Facilitators: Dr Stephen Goss, MBACP and Dr Kate Anthony, FBACP
Suicidal thoughts and behaviours are common. Far more common, in fact, than most people realise.
Most people don’t like to talk about it. Yet suicide is one of the biggest killers there is.
It is the most common cause of emergency psychiatric admission and the 3rd most common cause of death across the whole population, regardless of age or gender. What is more, suicide is most common among people we know are under represented in traditional therapy rooms. For young men, for example, it is more common than death from cancer, drugs or HIV/AIDS.
The majority of people who commit suicide have made some kind of contact with a helping professional beforehand, yet still went on to kill themselves. Encountering it is especially likely in situations where people feel disinhibited, as they do online, but can arise in any situation or consulting room.
Suicide has been called the most preventable cause of death because it is one we can all do something about – but most of us hesitate, wondering whether we would know how to respond to someone who is talking about wanting to die. Even mental health professionals don’t like talking about suicide very much. But it is ok to do. It is important to do and to have an understanding of how to do it.
By learning some straightforward ways of responding to suicidal ideation in our clients we can save lives as well as help people live in a happier, more satisfying way. Ultimately, this is joyful and vastly rewarding work that, though demanding, can remind us how and why we can enjoy living.
- to review some fundamentals about suicide and offer the chance to reflect on our own responses to it in professional practice, including ways of assessing and responding to expressions of suicidal intent.
- to look at what it is like to work with suicidal clients, including those who die, based on the real experiences of practitioners who work both online and face to face.
- to consider ways of managing the stress that can be associated with this work and to allow us to talk frankly about what is too often treated as if it is taboo.
- to outline a tried and tested method for responding to suicide risk wherever it is found, whether online or face to face or even in everyday life.
please note: this workshop is not suitable for those who have had very recent personal experience of bereavement by suicide.