Suicide And Suicide Interventions On The Drink Of Suicide

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Helping individuals suffering from suicidal ideations and attempts at self-harm calls upon a social worker’s ethical obligation to service. According to the NASW Code of Ethics, “social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and address social problems” (National Association of Social Workers, 2008). A way to fulfill this duty is by giving first responders the tools necessary to adequately talk with people in crisis and on the brink of suicide. “Considered a preventable cause of death, suicide is a major public health concern in many industrial and post-industrial countries, and one of the three leading causes of death worldwide among individuals from 15 to 44 years of age” (Hoy, Natarajan, & Petra, 2016).
Often times individuals in crisis will come in contact with first responders either by contacting emergency services themselves or from a call placed by a family member or concerned citizen. According to research by Gould et al. (2013), “to address the global tragedy of nearly one million deaths by suicide worldwide, public health interventions with widespread capacity to reach at-risk populations are needed” (Gould et al., 2013). One way to attain this goal is by training dispatchers, law enforcement officers, paramedics, and firefighters on the current evidence based practices for suicidal crisis intervention. Providing first responders with the skills needed to more effectively communicate with the suicide population should, in turn, increase the

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