Dr David Lim and Clinical Associate Professor David Horgan discuss an Australian innovation giving family and friends the right words when dealing with someone who is suicidal.
- When someone is suicidal, those who are close to the distressed person do not know what to do and often feel paralysed – because they are not sure what is the right thing to say.
- While you as the health professional are nervous when someone is suicidal, family and friends are terrified! This puts quite a burden back onto you.
- The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation has developed a world-first innovation – a website that gives family and friends the effective words and phrases they can use when dealing with someone who is suicidal.
Host: Dr David Lim, GP and medical educator
Guest: Clinical Associate Professor David Horgan, psychiatrist; Honorary psychiatrist, Royal Melbourne Hospital; Founder, Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation; Clinical associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
Total time: 28 mins
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