BCBT is an outpatient psychotherapy treatment that has been shown to rapidly reduce suicidal ideation and risk of suicide attempts. In contrast to traditional mental health treatment models that aim to reduce suicide risk by treating mental health disorders, BCBT adopts a transdiagnostic approach that directly targets two underlying causes of suicide risk: emotion dysregulation and cognitive flexibility. This targeted approach makes BCBT the most effective mental health treatment for reducing suicide risk.
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CRP is a brief procedure drawn from BCBT that has been shown to rapidly reduce suicidal ideation and risk of suicide attempts when used as a stand-alone intervention. Originally developed for use with high-risk patients receiving outpatient psychotherapy, CRP has since been adapted for use in a wide range of healthcare settings including emergency departments, primary care, psychiatric inpatient units, and general medical settings. CRP has also been implemented for use by non-healthcare professionals who come into contact with people experiencing suicidal crises outside the healthcare system like schools, correctional institutions, criminal justice settings, and other community settings.
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LMC is a collaborative approach designed to increase a person's motivation and willingness to limit or reduce their access to potentially lethal methods of suicide. Published research shows that people who receive LMC are much more likely to take steps to enhance environmental safety (e.g., getting rid of excess and expired medications, using firearm locking devices and safes, creating barriers that slow down access to suicide attempt methods).
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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.