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Suicide is the act of intentionally taking one’s own life. It is a serious public health problem that can affect people of all ages and groups. Beyond causing harm to those who die or are injured, it also impacts the health of their families, friends and the community. Enhancing life circumstances and fostering social connections can help mitigate suicidal thoughts and feelings. Helplines can often provide more specific information about how to get help for yourself or others.
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This practical guide provides a holistic, wellness-oriented approach to understanding suicide and working effectively with clients who are suicidal. John and Rita Sommers-Flanagans' culturally sensitive, seven-dimension model offers new ways to collaboratively integrate solution-focused and strengths-based strategies into clinical interactions and treatment planning with children, adolescents, and adults. Each chapter contains diverse case studies and key practitioner guidance points to deepen learning in addition to a wellness practice intervention to elevate mood. Personal and professional self-care and emotional preparation techniques are emphasized, as are ethical issues, counselor competencies, and clinically nuanced skill building.

Tags: Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment, Suicide Prevention

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