Handwritten in less than 30 minutes with an index card, the Crisis Response Plan is a practical suicide prevention tool that can be completed anywhere, at any time, by any trained individual.
The Crisis Response Plan reduces suicidal behavior by up to 76%, making it one of the most effective suicide prevention tools developed to date.
The Crisis Response Plan helps individuals in crisis to remember why they want to live and to manage their stress more effectively. Training can increase the strategy's efficacy.
Rethinking Suicide is a critical examination of what we think we know about suicide, with particular focus on the assumed role of mental illness. Craig J. Bryan, a leading expert on suicide prevention, argues that most prevention efforts have failed because they disproportionately emphasize mental health-focused solutions such as access to treatment and crisis services. Instead of classifying suicide as a mental health issue, careful analysis of research findings suggest it should instead be seen as a highly complex problem with many risk factors - from personal decision-making styles, to the availability of lethal means, to financial uncertainty. As such suicide rates will not be curtailed by conventional solution-oriented thinking; rather, we need process-based thinking that may, in some cases, defy or contradict many of our long-held assumptions about suicide. Rethinking Suicide interweaves the author's firsthand experiences with explanations of scientific findings to reveal the limitations of widely-used practices and to introduce new perspectives that may trigger a paradigm shift in how we understand and prevent suicide.
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