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Suicide and Mental Health Interventions Are on The Rise
Suicide And Mental Health Interventions Are On The Rise
With the growing suicide rate among people suffering from serious mental health issues there is an increased need for strictly organized and carried out interventions by skilled professionals in order to encourage those most in need to get the treatment they need before it is too late.
Unlike those interventions you read about in books or see on television or in the movies where a loving family gathers and confronts a loved one expressing their love and concern and convinces the person to seek medical help or storms away angry.
Real interventions are often fraught with emotion and denials and need to be done by an expert in order for them to be used as a pathway for those struggling with mental illnesses to seek treatment for their condition.
In most cases, interventions need to be carefully planned and carried out in order to ensure the best chance of getting a mentally ill individual to seek treatment. Depending on the issues facing an individual one professional may not be enough. It may take several mental health professionals to take part in the intervention. Professionals who may participate in any given intervention may include:
- A Interventionist- A Mental Health Intervention Specialist role in an intervention is to make sure that the groups that all participants are prepared before the intervention for the loved one struggling with mental illness for the best outcome. The interventionist is to evaluate the person suffering from the mental illness and to determine the risk of harm that the person may pose to himself or to others.
- A Case Manager- The case manager’s role in the intervention is to determine what services are needed at the moment as well as later should the participant agree to get treatment. They can arrange for in treatment care and reserve a bed at a facility. They also can arrange for out patient treatment, housing and any other services the person may need in order to get well.
Prior to staging an intervention the intervention team needs to meet and carefully plan the intervention discussing such details as to who will speak and when, how an individual may try to flee from the intervention, what advance preparations need to be made for immediate acceptance into treatment and so much more. This preparation is essential in increasing the potential for the success of an intervention and getting the person in need the immediate help they may need.
Other Types of Suicide Interventions
Along with treatment for mental illness suicide interventions may run the gambit from Cognitive behavioral therapy to non-demand caring contact and safety planning.
Families and friends of anyone suffering from mental health issues should not attempt an intervention on their own, but seek the advice and the assistance of trained professionals to help the individual get the treatment they need to help prevent those suicidal thoughts from becoming a reality.