Apropos of my post on needing more family-centered work, I came across this study out of Taiwan just published in Nurse Education Today: A suicide education programme for nurses to educate the family caregivers of suicidal individuals: A longitudinal study. It is good to see this kind of work being done, and refreshing to see people trying to test their work with controlled designs. I'm not sure I agree with how all of the concepts are laid out (and I really don't like the heavy-handed first line of the abstract: "Family members lack the ability to care for suicidal relatives"), but this is a helpful example of the kind of attention to families that is needed.
ommitment to Living (CTL) is a practical and compassionate approach for responding to suicide risk. Dr. Anthony R. Pisani developed and tested CTL as a three-hour workshop geared toward busy clinicians in challenging clinical environments. The workshop teaches core competencies in suicide risk assessment, documentation, and decision-making. This weblog originated in 2007 in response to interest from participants in ongoing education and interaction. At the present time, Dr. Pisani posts to the blog intermittently, and uses it as a repository for commentaries and links that might be helpful to workshop participants, as well as to clinicians around the world who visit and comment.