An unprecedented insight in to the approach used by the innovative Suicide Crisis charity, a crisis centre that has so far achieved a zero suicide rate amongst their clients. This book explains their ethos, how they work and the ways in which their services operate.
The idea for the service grew out of the author's own lived experience of suicidal crisis, and her inability to find the right kind of help. This experience provides an understanding and awareness of what suicidal clients go through and the kind of help they require, and the success rate of the charity proves that the techniques used are effective. Covering relationship-building, providing intensive support, achieving a balance between protecting clients and giving them control, engaging high-risk men least likely to seek help, assessing risk accurately and more, this groundbreaking approach provides everything needed to save lives of people in suicidal crisis.
Having lost a dear son to suicide, I desperately wish that this incredibly helpful book had been available, as well as the wonderful Suicide Crisis Centre, for him and for us. Joy writes sensitively whilst enlightening us about all aspects of the workings of her positive organisation. She brings new hope for suicide prevention with new solutions
— Heather S. Buchanan, author and illustrator
"Suicide Prevention Techniques" is highly engaging and thought-provoking, providing a detailed description of a genuinely person-focused approach to crisis care. Joy writes with a refreshingly honest and caring tone, and it is clear why so many clients have found the support of Suicide Crisis transformative.
— Emma Cernis, Clinical Psychologist and Wellcome Trust Clinical Doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry
This book provides a clearly written outline of the core skills and personal qualities needed to try to save lives at risk of suicide. If it's not on your course reading list it should be. I haven't seen a better description of how to always have hope, maintain that when others have none, and to value all human life as if it were a member of your family.
— Vivien Isaac-Curson, a retired Psychiatric Nurse and Clinical Coordinator
This invaluable book is not a top-down medicalised view of how to save lives but rather a compassionate account of immensely practical lessons from someone who has experienced suicidal crisis and has used her knowledge and understanding to so effectively support others.
— Dr Heather Castillo, author of Personality Disorder Temperament or Trauma? and The Reality of Recovery in Personality Disorder.
This book should be compulsory reading for all those who work with and care for those vulnerable to suicide. We can and must do more.
— Steven Powles is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. He has worked with Joy in helping families who have lost someone to suicide navigate their way through the inquest process.
About the Author:
Joy Hibbins is an Oxford University graduate the Founder and CEO of Suicide Crisis, a registered charity which runs a Suicide Crisis Centre in Cheltenham, UK.