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  1. How to ASSIST with Suicide Intervention 2010 Louisiana Professional School Counselor’s Conference Mary Lanier LeJeune

  2. Attitudes and Hopes

  3. Types of Suicide Prevention • Prevention • Intervention • Postvention

  4. The Whole Picture

  5. Addressing Concerns of Persons at Risk • Connecting • Invitations – EXPLORE • Suicide - ASK • Understanding • Reasons – LISTEN • Risk - REVIEW • Assisting • Safeplan – CONTRACT • Commitments – FOLLOW-UP

  6. Who is at RISK? • Groups • Events • Reactions ANYBODY with LOSS experiencing HOPELESSNESS or DESPERATION

  7. Explore Invitations • Actions • Thoughts • Feelings • Physical STRESSFUL EVENTS with FEELINGS OF LOSS

  8. ASK about SuicideListen to and for Reasons • Ask about thoughts of suicide • Listen to the reasons for dying AND for living • Reasons for dying – what does it mean to the person at the time • Reasons for living • internally: feelings, beliefs, attitudes • externally: resource people, support system, activities/hobbies, family

  9. Review Risk: CPR++ • Are you having thoughts of suicide? Current Factors • Current Suicide Plan: How? How prepared? How soon? • Pain: Do you have pain that at times feels unbearable? • Resources: Do you feel like you have few, if any, resources? Background Factors + Prior Suicidal Behavior + Mental Health

  10. Safeplans • Keep Safe – set a time frame • Safety contacts – minimum of 3 • Safe/NO use of alcohol and drugs • Link to resources PURPOSE of the SAFEPLAN • Disable the Suicide Plan • Ease the pain • Link to resources • Protect against danger/ support past skills • Link to health workers

  11. MEMORIZE IT! 1-800-273-TALK

  12. Resources • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) LivingWorks Education Inc. livingworks.net • Jasonfoundation.org