The Teen Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Workbook is a proactive approach to dealing with the many characteristics that may prompt teens to experience self-harm and/or suicide ideation. Designed to be used with clients in the care of a trained clinician, the purpose of this workbook is to provide you with information and tools that build upon each other to help your clients manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to self-harm and suicide.
This workbook is a practical, step-by-step guide to present a detailed understanding of the context in which self-harm and suicide play out in a person’s life, warning signs and risk factors experienced by people suffering with thoughts and actions of hurting themselves, ways to prevent suicide ideation, and methods for finding a healthy support network.
The pages of this workbook can be used in a variety of ways:
- Activities can be used with individual clients alone, in pairs, or in a very small group. If there is more than one person, the activities can be completed individually and then shared with each other, as long as all of the participants are comfortable doing so.
- Individual clients or small group members can complete the activities with the help of a clinician, if needed. When utilising this approach, clinicians will also help their clients process their responses to the various activities they have completed.
- Small group members can utilise the activities as part of the therapeutic process. When using this approach, they can process the information together with other group members to help achieve commonality and optimal results.
- If there is more than one client, explain that this will be a What is said in this room, stays in this room session. Explain to the clients that to insure privacy, they need to use a name code when writing about or talking about other people in their lives. (Ex: H.H.M. might be, He helps me!) Don’t use a person’s initials.
- If there is a very small group, it is often successful to have group members work together in pairs. When utilising this approach, be sure to pair group members based on willingness to work together. Pairs can process information together, role play, or work as a team in a group discussion.
- All of the materials contained in the chapters of this workbook can be utilised in an individual or a very small group setting. If the clinician is using this workbook with a small group, you may photocopy or print enough materials for the members in the group, or allow individuals to reflect, write, and then process the materials together. The clinician can pick and choose the reflection activities that will best assist clients to overcome their desire to self-injure or die by suicide.