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Suicide Prevention Techniques: How a Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives

Suicide Prevention Techniques: How a Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives

by Joy Hibbins


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An unprecedented insight into the approach used by the innovative Suicide Crisis charity, a crisis centre that has so far achieved a zero suicide rate amongst their clients. This book explains their ethos, how they work and the ways in which their services operate.

The idea for the service grew out of the author's own lived experience of suicidal crisis, and her inability to find the right kind of help. This experience provides an understanding and awareness of what suicidal clients go through and the kind of help they require, and the success rate of the charity proves that the techniques used are effective. Covering relationship-building, providing intensive support, achieving a balance between protecting clients and giving them control, engaging high-risk men least likely to seek help, assessing risk accurately and more, this groundbreaking approach provides what is needed to save lives of people in suicidal crisis.

The author's royalties for this book are being donated to the charity Suicide Crisis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785925498
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Joy Hibbins is an Oxford University graduate the Founder and CEO of Suicide Crisis, a registered charity which runs a Suicide Crisis Centre in Cheltenham, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Author 10

1 Lived Experience: How it Impacts on our Services 11

2 The Relationship with Clients 15

Building a strong connection with clients 15

Creating an enduring connection 21

Recognising the experience of the individual 26

Providing individualised care 27

Celebrating unique individuals 32

Communicating care non-verbally 35

Connecting with the families of people at risk 36

3 The Safety Net 41

4 How to Balance Protecting Clients with Giving them Control 53

'It's your decision' 53

Being in control 59

5 Responding Effectively to Clients in Severe Distress 67

Post-traumatic responses, distress and fear: supporting clients effectively 67

Responding to clients expressing intense anger 74

6 Assessing Risk Accurately 79

Formal training in assessing risk 79

Knowledge of the client 82

7 Men and Suicide 93

8 The Team 105

Team members: personal qualities, skills and training 105

Support staff and their vital role in helping to save lives 110

Changing the power balance between clinician and service user 111

9 Working with other Services 117

The barriers 117

Working in partnership 123

10 The Future 131

Zero suicide: a helpful term or a hindrance? 131

New crisis services 136

References 143

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