Creating an Intervention for People with Recurrent Suicide Attempts

Authored by: Yvonne Bergmans , Keehan Koorn , Rahel Eynan , Colleen Pacey

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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This is the first of a two-chapter submission that focuses on our Psychosocial/Psychoeducational Intervention for People with Recurrent Suicide Attempts (PISA). Part one (this chapter) provides the background story to the development of the PISA project (also known in some locations as Skills for Safer Living (SFSL)), and part two (Chapter 19) focuses on the results of the intervention to date. Accordingly, this chapter will provide the reader with an introduction to the development of the PISA/SFSL. It begins with the identified need, followed by attitudes and assumptions of the person working with this group. Finally, the last section articulates the basics of structure, inclusion and assessment. To date, the intervention has been delivered at four sites in Ireland, three community sites in Southern Ontario, and at two outpatient hospital sites in Toronto, Canada.

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