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  1. Tamara G. Suttle., M.Ed., LPC 07/04/2017 at 11:01 pm .

    Highly recommend Applied Suicide Intervention Skills & Training by Living Works for anyone interested in suicide intervention. It’s the best training I’ve ever received in the field – even though it was not designed specifically for mental health professionals.

    Thank you for addressing this topic. It’s so important!

  2. Gillian Howkins 12/05/2017 at 11:06 am .

    As a patient I found this article very interesting, I feel misunderstood by health professionals. Recently I have been suicidal have made plans written letters to friends and family etc. I told a local mental health service who referred me to another service all in all I have had 7 assessments each time being referred on to another service, during this time I had a voice in my head telling me to drown myself and also have experienced a feeling of an out of body experience. I have had two good helpful therapists one of whom worked with me on and off for two years I had begun to build up to tell her something which had happened to me 45 years ago which I had never discussed before. However I was told she couldn’t work with me anymore as IAPT decided that I had been seeing her too long and it wasn’t helpful. As a client I feel dissempowered and not included in decisions made about me. Eventually o was referred to Community Mental Health Team who told me that my suicide wasn’t real and suggested I went away for a holiday! Also referred me to another agency who when they knew about my suicidal ideation said they weren’t able to help me and sent me back to CMHT who went on to stop my antedeppresants without any discussion with me or any tapering off. O had been taking them without any review for 30 year’s. I have always stated that I work best with therapists in my age range and this was noted I have been referred to women’s services and my therapist is about 30 year’s younger than me and no knowledgeable about the period of time I grew up , she is a lovely person, but I could never discuss my deepest issues with her. They do not do GAD paperwork so there is nowhere to show my suicidal ideation and she works in a silent way so if I can’t speak neither does she so we sit in an uncomfortable silence. I have ended the therapy. I now have nowhere to go with this. Ten years ago i was given a crisis team contact number but cut backs have put paid to that now.34 years ago i had perpural psychosis got no help and eventually took 3 overdoses 50 paracetamol and 20 dosulepin and some gamanil this was a serious attempt.and o heading that way again.

  3. Lisa 04/06/2017 at 6:49 pm .

    PLEASE GET HELP^^^^^^^^ Do not give up!

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