Year: 2000 Source: Vancouver, BC: Thira Consulting. 109p. SIEC No: 20000103

The first part of this handbook includes a discussion of: suicide facts, statistics, risk factors for suicide attempts, suicide among First Nations peoples, suicide among children, depression, & substance abuse. Section 2 is on understanding suicide. A loss-crisis-trigger model is used to help answer the “why” question. A case study is used throughout the handbook & gives an example of loss, crisis & emotions, crisis & actions, & trigger events. Section 3 is on recognizing the warning signs of suicide & how to respond to these. Section 4 illustrates how important it is for those working in suicide prevention to perfect a balance of care and respect. Section 5 is on responding to suicide. An action plan for helping high-, medium-, & low-risk clients is presented. A model of “resources & the 5 parts of the community,” is discussed. Issues pertaining to confidentiality & responsibility are covered in the next section. A discussion of postvention follows. Section 9 deals with problems caused by cultural barriers. The handbook ends by noting the importance self-care for mental health professionals.