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Suicide Prevention. Stahl’s Handbooks

Part of Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology Handbooks

ISBN: 9781108463621
Διαστάσεις 19 × 12 cm



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The current suicide public health crisis and advances in clinical practice have increased the need for clear, evidence-informed guidance on suicide prevention in healthcare. This clinical suicide prevention handbook is an essential resource for mental health and primary care professionals, and any practitioner aiming to ensure their practice is up-to-date, patient-centred and consistent with the most current standards of care. Starting with a summary of the science and public health model of suicide, the book offers quick tips for suicide screening, risk assessment, interventions, and follow-up communication. It discusses medicolegal risk management, how health systems can prevent suicide and provides highly specialized guidance for clinicians following the loss of a patient to suicide. Focused sections include incorporating social media into care plans, telemedicine, issues related to culture and race/ethnicity, and working with specific populations. It introduces an integrated, prevention-oriented approach to suicide prevention, incorporating realistic supports, foreseeable changes, and strategies.

  • Provides clear and useful steps, with essential background information, that emphasise actionable steps and clear take-away points, allowing readers to find practical guidance quickly during the clinical care of patients
  • Tackles a very timely subject matter, with the topic of suicide prevention gaining momentum in both mainstream culture and the clinical world, and includes personal accounts voiced by people with Lived Experience of Suicide (suicide loss and attempt survivors)
  • Covers the most recent accreditation requirements regarding new standards, supporting training efforts in health systems and providing a framework for other current changes such as the Zero Suicide movement in healthcare


Part I. Suicide Prevention Overview:
1. Translating Science into Action
2. Dispelling Myths
3. Public Health Model of Suicide
4. Understanding Why: Drivers of Suicide Risk
Part II. Clinical Risk Assessment and Care:
5. Collaborative Connections
6. Prevention Oriented Suicide Risk Assessment
7. Responding to Suicide Risk
8. Extending Care Beyond the Individual
9 .Use of Medications in Suicide Prevention
10. Suicide Prevention in Healthcare Systems
Part III. Special Topics: Medicolegal Considerations and Specific Populations:
11. Medicolegal Risk Management
12.The Role of Culture and Societal Factors
13. Youth and Adolescents
14. Military and Veterans
15. Older Adults
16. LGBT Populations
17. Suicide Loss Survivors.