Family and Community Engagement in Suicide Prevention

September 17, 2014 12:31 PM

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Family and Community Engagement in Suicide Prevention

Suicide does not happen in a vacuum -- it happens in families. Family members must play a role in suicide prevention. To do this, they need to know how suicidality arises and how they can help. They need to know the danger and warning signs of suicide, the risk factors, and how suicidality and mental health are linked.

Current research indicates that people often turn to family and friends for help long before seeking help from a mental or medical health professional. The family can play the role of a "first responder" in the prevention of suicide if they are equipped with sound educational information that eradic...

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