SUICIDE SAFER CARE - Workshop for Behavioral Health and Community Services...

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Shellharbour Civic Centre

76 Cygnet Avenue

(Jungah Room)

Shellharbour City Centre, NSW 2529

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SafeSide is a framework for suicide prevention that lifts our sights beyond merely ‘keeping clients safe’ toward a vision of evidence-based care that is truly connected with a client’s needs, experiences, and growth potential. SafeSide is the next-generation update of Commitment to Living (Pisani, Cross, Watts, & Conner, 2012), an evidence-based workshop that addresses common dilemmas, demands, and rewards of supporting individuals at risk for suicide. Centered on prevention-oriented risk formulation (Pisani, Murrie, & Silverman, 2016).


SafeSide comprises four components:

CONNECT

  • Asking directly about suicide and the youth’s experience.
  • Forming collaborative connections with youth and their families.
  • Expressing a ‘more than safety’ commitment to full recovery.

ASSESS

  • Gathering and succinctly reporting information gathered in eight simple categories.
  • Conducting actionable, prevention-oriented risk assessment that accounts for the fluidity of suicidal intentions and foreseeable events that could change a risk formulation.

RESPOND

Planning for safety and recovery which includes:

  • Evidence-based treatments and mini-interventions
  • Contingency and safety planning, including lethal means reduction and family involvement
  • Contact and observation frequency to support the least restrictive safe environment
  • Team discussion, Consultation, and Referrals for unmet needs

EXTEND

Extending the impact of connections and interventions into a patient’s life and network of support through:

  • Post-discharge “caring contacts”
  • Sharing and updating plans collaboratively with youth and family
  • Structured follow-up and support
  • Warm hand-offs and care transitions


Every SafeSide workshop is co-led by an individual with lived experience of recovery from suicide attempts and mental illness. The lived experience expert deepens the curriculum by sharing experiences in health care that made a positive difference in her life. SafeSide features a new set of video-recorded skills demonstrations. These brief demonstrations bring the SafeSide model to life, and drive discussion and practice. This workshop is for clinical, school, and community-based staff who work with youth.





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