Thank you for searching for help and resources to assist you when dealing with suicide attempters and their loved ones.
Here is A Checklist for Health Providers and Mental Health Practitioners when dealing with a mental health crisis, a person with suicidal intensity, or someone who has attempted suicide. In partnership with your checklist here is A Checklist for Parents and Families of People Living with Mental Illness to Assist in Communicating with Treatment Providers for your client or the people working to advocate for them.
One of the most important pieces of dealing with a crisis, like a suicide attempt, is Self-Care. This piece is too often neglected because we are working so hard to do a good job of helping others. If you are affected by a suicide attempt walk the walk of self-care. Don’t just talk the talk.
I have interviewed a professional who has been entrenched in therapy and helping others for years who didn’t understand depression or anxiety because he never had personally experienced it. After volunteering for the Red Cross in two different natural disaster zones in a couple of years he experienced post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. You never know when your dedication to the safety and betterment of human nature will catch up with you or how it will affect you. If it does find you ask for help. Call in back up. The service you provide humanity is priceless. We need you. The professionals you have studied with and served with need you. You are important.
You may have found ASH because you need help with self-care.
You may have found ASH because you need to help your employees.
You may have found ASH because you aren’t sure how to handle a situation you have faced, or are facing, in your professional life.
I hope you find what you are looking for.
I am constantly educating myself and searching for stories and resources. If you have suggestions or other resources not listed or linked here or would like to share your professional personal information please fill out the contact form. Thank you for your commitment to yourself and your community to help us all live healthier safer lives. You are appreciated.
Resources for Professionals
For Medical Personnel
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Law Enforcement and First Responders
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