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Family psychoeducation with suicide attempters 

Family psychoeducation with suicide attempters
Family psychoeducation with suicide attempters

Edward J Dunne

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date: 27 January 2022

Inappropriate or inadequate treatment in emergency treatment settings frequently leads to failures to adhere to after-care prescriptions and an increase in subsequent suicidality. Working collaboratively with the patient and the family can increase compliance and reduce risk. An intervention based on the family psychoeducation model developed to treat serious mental illnesses is described. A rationale for using this model is presented, which stems from the high rate of mental illness diagnoses in psychological autopsies of completed suicides. Sequential tasks for the clinician are presented. ‘Joining’ as a collaborative technique with both the patient and the family is described. Specific guidelines for the family to reduce potential for further harm are suggested.

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