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Suicide prevention interventions and treatments

There are many helpful approaches for individuals and their loved ones, when someone is in distress or at risk for suicidal behavior. Interventions and treatments have been developed in recent years for individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or who have made a suicide attempt.

We have learned that suicidal ideation comes and goes for many people and that the most effective way for treatment to help people get through periods of increased suicide risk is for treatment providers to hone in on the person’s unique triggers and concerns and help them directly. If a person is experiencing a mental health condition, it is important to treat the mental health condition, but it is not necessarily enough for reducing suicide risk. Helping people to connect more closely to their reasons for living along with actively learning to resist urges to engage in suicidal behavior are essential components of helping people to manage suicidal ideation and engage in life more fully.

Attention to self-care is essential and clinical care may be a component of self-care for many. Strategies for self-care can help fortify a person’s health so that mental health and suicide risk can be optimally addressed.

Are you looking for programs for people with lived experience?

AFSP has developed two programs: Introduction to Supporting Those At Risk and Finding Hope: Guidance For Supporting Those At Risk.

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