Category Archives: Module 3

Talking about suicide Risk: 
How you ask makes a difference

Conclusion

Thank you for using this pilot course. If you are part of a research study, please use this link to return to the evaluation questions. You may go directly to the Usability Survey or to the Instructions Page. Survey 2 … Continue reading

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Summary

Suicide is still a taboo subject in our culture that is not openly discussed. However, talking about suicide is essential to detecting a person’s risk. Because you’ll be discussing a difficult subject, remember that it is often more important to … Continue reading

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Bringing it together, a suicide conversation ‘template’

As we have stressed over and again within this module, discussion of suicide risk should not be regimental; it should not feel like an interrogation, which can happen if you run through a mental ‘checklist.’ Rather it is exactly that: … Continue reading

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Following up on “Yes”

What do you do if the person says “yes, I have thought about suicide?” If they answer affirmatively to questions about thinking about suicide, having a plan, or having warning signs, you should determine how far along they are in … Continue reading

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Responding to “No’s”

So, you asked about suicide and the person you are concerned about answered. Now what? Is a “no” really “no” or just a “maybe”? How you respond to a “no” is extremely important: don’t automatically accept the first “no,” and … Continue reading

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Easing into the topic:
Suicide-related Issues and Suicidal ideation and behavior

How you begin to ask about suicide itself will depend on the context of your discussion and the existing relationship with the person with whom you are talking. Asking about Risk Factors, Triggering Events, and Warning Signs Again, there isn’t … Continue reading

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Opening the Door, Establishing Rapport

So, how do you lead into a discussion of suicide related issues? The previous general guidelines may seem simple enough but what happens when you really have to talk about suicide? You probably won’t ever lead with, “so, are you … Continue reading

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Skills and Strategies for Engaging in Dialogue About Suicide:
Just Ask!

How you approach a discussion in general makes a big difference when it comes to sensitive topics like mental health and suicide. So, before addressing the specifics of discussing suicide risk, ideation, and behavior, there are general strategies you can … Continue reading

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Talking with Potentially At-Risk Faith Members

No Two Situations Are Alike Talking about suicide and suicide risk can be challenging and uncomfortable. People are complicated, no two situations present the same way, every individual is unique, and every relationship between a faith leader and the individuals … Continue reading

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