It is estimated that for every suicide death, there are 25 suicide attempts not resulting in death. Non-fatal self-harm injuries accounted for $11.3 billion of lifetime medical and work-loss costs, respectively, in 2013. The average cost of treating an injury resulting from self-harm is 71% higher than for unintentional injuries.*
In recent years, the national suicide prevention movement has broadened its outreach and accessibility to people with suicide lived experience—people have survived suicide attempts and/or struggled with suicidal ideation. Part of this effort includes helping clinicians and other professional caregivers work with people who have attempted suicide or recently struggled with suicidal impulses.
Clinicians and Clients Working Together
“suicide to Hope: a Recovery and Growth Workshop” (s2H) is a single-day course that provides clinicians and other professional caregivers with the tools and skills they need to work with people recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide, working with the client to help them achieve recovery and personal growth.
Course participants will reflect upon the beliefs, values, and attitudes they bring to the caregiver-client relationship and how they affect the recovery of the people they are trying to help. The course explores the common themes associated with suicide experiences and the opportunities for recovery and growth therein. The course is built around the three-pronged “Pathway to Hope” model:
• understanding, focuses on exploring and describing barriers to recovery and growth
• planning, focuses on formulating recovery and growth goals and plans
• implementing, focuses on monitoring progress and reviewing the process.
Clinicians and professional caregivers learn how to adapt this model to the needs of their client and will see first-hand how it can be used with a person recently at risk of suicide.
s2H is maintained by LivingWorks, a company that specializes in the development of suicide intervention training programs and curricula. It offers several programs varying in intensity and focus, all intended to build suicide-safe communities. More information about LivingWorks is available at www.livingworks.net.
suicide to Hope is currently in the pilot stage, currently available in only a few states and territories (including Tennessee) ahead of a nationwide launch. The program is currently being administered to staff at select mental health facilities—Behavioral Health Initiatives, Centerstone, Frontier Health, Volunteer Behavioral Health.
*Florence, C., et al. (2015) Estimated lifetime medical and work-loss costs of emergency department–treated nonfatal injuries: United States, 2013. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 64(38): 1078-82.