Counselling Suicidal Clients addresses the important professional considerations when working with clients who are suicidal. The ‘bigger picture’, including legal and ethical considerations and organizational policy and procedures is explored, as is to how practitioners can work with the dynamics of suicide potential in the therapeutic process. The book is divided into six main parts:The changing context of suicideThe prediction-prevention model, policy and ethicsThe influence of the organizationThe client processThe practitioner processThe practice of counseling with suicidal clients

Suicide Trends and Statistics

Suicide trends and statistics

Chapter Overview

This chapter discusses the difficulties in accurately recording suicide, and the implications for analysing UK and international suicide statistics. An overview of current UK and international suicide trends is presented, with a discussion as to their relevance for counsellors.

The Mental Health Foundation (1997) stated that in 1995 suicide in the UK accounted for 4315 deaths, which averaged at approximately 12 suicides per day. With the inclusion of ‘undetermined deaths’ of 2185 where suicide cannot be ruled out as a possibility these numbers rise to 6500 suicides or an average of 18 deaths per day

The National Service Framework for Mental Health (NSF: Department of Health, 1999b) states that whilst suicide rates in England have fallen by more than ...

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