Tuning in to clients' experiences

While counsellors often need to use risk assessment forms in their work, evidence highlights the importance of being able to hear people’s experiences of suicidal thoughts. Being able to 'tune in' to thoughts and suicidal thinking can be an important way forward in helping clients move away from a suicidal place.

Working with suicidal risk

Evidence shows that counselling people who are suicidal can be an important and effective way of offering support and helping them make sense of their feelings. Considering the therapeutic process around working with suicidal risk is a critical consideration for every practitioner.

Balancing client safety and confidentiality

Working ethically around risk in counselling and psychotherapy is an imperative. These resources consider how we might respond to suicidal risk, ethically balancing the safety of the client alongside their autonomy and right to confidentiality.

Strategies for self-care

Working with suicidal potential can challenge even the most experienced practitioner, and research shows how demanding such work can be on the mental health of the counsellor. These resources offer thoughts and ideas about strategies for self-care, to support practitioner wellbeing and ensure best practice for the client.

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World Suicide Prevention Day is organised every year by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). It aims to provide the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

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