HelpingTheSuicidalPerson.com: A New Website for Professionals

 

On the final page of my upcoming book about helping suicidal individuals, I made a promise. Well, it wasn’t explicitly a promise, but it might as well have been one:

“To learn more about how to help the suicidal person, visit this book’s companion website: www.helpingthesuicidalperson.com. The site contains information about books, trainings, online courses, webinars, educational websites, and other resources for improving your skills in suicide assessment and intervention.

The only problem was, there was no such website… yet

Seven months have passed since I turned in my book manuscript. And now, a week and a day before the book is released on Sept. 13, I completed the website. Which means, I’m happy to say, that you won’t find a defunct web address when you go to HelpingTheSuicidalPerson.com.

Instead, you will find a great deal of information about ways to enhance your knowledge and skills in helping the suicidal person. Of course, the website has a section devoted to my book. It also includes listings of other books about suicide research and theory, risk assessment and management, psychotherapy and counseling for suicidal individuals, interventions with special groups and settings, and the journey of grief and healing that follows a suicide.  There is also a list of self-help books and memoirs about surviving a suicidal crisis. If you yourself have never had suicidal thoughts, these personal, in-depth accounts can give you a greater understanding of the experience.

I envisioned the website as a synthesis of diverse opportunities to learn more about suicide assessment and intervention. In that vein, the new website also contains information about suicide prevention conferences, practice guidelines, opportunities for online training, free assessment tools, and helpful websites for professionals. (Although there is a page for suicidal clients themselves, it just leads back to the Resources section of Speaking of Suicide).

You will also find a new blog at the website. It will not be as big of an affair as the Speaking of Suicide site, which I will continue to add to and maintain. I will use the new blog to help keep professionals updated about key topics in suicide assessment and intervention, new developments in the field, and other nuggets of information. 

See You There?

Ultimately, I’m glad I committed myself so many months ago to creating the new website. The image of people coming to HelpingTheSuicidalPerson.com and finding nothing there filled me with sleep-stealing anxiety. This anxiety (and my need for sleep) pushed me to put together a site that will supplement my new book and help professionals gain a lot of rich information about helping the suicidal person.

I hope to see you there!

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Copyright 2017 Stacey Freedenthal. Written for Speaking of Suicide. All Rights Reserved.

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  1. Dale says:

    I am a suicidal person and am constantly angry because there is no help for suicidal individuals in our culture. Mental health treatment for people in crisis is nothing but a racket. A scam that victimizes vulnerable people. Mental health professionals are merely parasites that feed on human suffering.

    • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

      Dale,

      I am sorry you feel so negatively about mental health professionals. No doubt there are some bad apples. There are hundreds of thousands of mental health professionals in the U.S. Many if not most are skilled at helping others, so I hope you will try again if you need professional help and encountered people who weren’t helpful.

      You can also get help from volunteers who are not mental health professionals at places like crisis hotlines, text lines, etc. I provide a list of such places here. I hope that you do reach out to someone, professional or not, about your suicidal thoughts.

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