Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is a standardized 16-week treatment for youth ages 12-24 who have experienced depression, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, or trauma. The model is based on an interpersonal theory, which proposes that the quality of family relationships may precipitate, exacerbate, or prevent depression and suicidal ideation.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an intervention that teaches people skills to use alternative ways of thinking and behaving during times of suicidal crises. CBT also supports building a network of mental health services and social supports to prevent future suicide attempts. Individual therapists offer CBT on a one-to-one basis.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has a problem-solving core component and has been successful in treating individuals at risk for suicide, particularly those with recent and repeated suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-injury. In DBT, reducing life-threatening behaviors is the top priority of treatment, and individuals interested in receiving DBT are asked to commit to this treatment goal.
The Survivors of Suicide Attempts Support Group is another intervention that is supported via the best practice training for clinicians from the Didi Hirsch Mental health Services organization. Mental health professionals acquire knowledge of how to implement and manage this support group, safety issues, resources and helpful tools.
A suicide intervention is a direct effort to prevent a person or persons from attempting to take their own life or lives intentionally.
There are other strategies, if not evidence-informed interventions commonly utilized by clinicians and suicide prevention programs.
Promoting mental resilience through affirmational activities and social connectedness.
Increasing the quality health and social welfare services in responding to people in crisis; including training and coaching for mental health professionals, first responders and crisis-counseling organizations.
Reducing the quantity of dosages supplied in packages of both prescription and non-prescription medicines.
Interventions targeted for the most vulnerable populations, including homeless people, incarcerated individuals, and those in high stress professions.