Attention clinical hypnotherapists in the UK!
I'm sure that you already know that:
As mental health professionals, when working with clients experiencing suicidal ideation, it is essential to offer support and encouragement to seek help from suitably qualified mental health professionals, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, counsellor or from within our NHS.
We often provide our clients with resources and referrals and may even offer to assist them in scheduling any appointments.
If we believe that a client has suicidal ideation or intent we know to act immediately, refer on and record well. We may encourage clients to call a crisis hotline or a mental health professional. Often we work in partnership with counsellors an refer our clients on.
We may offer to call a family member or friend who can support the client. In extreme cases, if the client is unwilling or unable to seek help, we may need to contact emergency services or their healthcare provider to ensure their safety.
But... and it's a big BUT....
What if the GP is uncontactable, the hospital only provides a leaflet then sends them home. What if our clients don't have or don't want to get support from their family, feel it would be too much to speak with friends. What if they've limited access to other help.
Last year I met with people who had got very close to suiciding. Simply sent home from the NHS with 5 mg of diazepam and a leaflet suggesting they go for a walk or call the Samaritans.
I directed a client to attend our NHS services as they were in crisis, I kept them on the phone till they arrived at the hospital and were checked in. They had informed me that they were at risk of self-harming. They had to wait 17 hours plus in the hospitals A&E department, getting more upset and frustrated and eventually choose to self-harm in the toilet at the hospital.
I have spoken with many people who have giving up on calling their GP'S. One young man headed out to a bridge. On arrival he called me to let me know where they were as a last resort. I was able to keep him talking and got help to him.
These are not rare or unusual events or experiences they are happening more and more frequently and as therapists and we are seeing more challenging cases as our mental health services become scarcer, GP's out of reach and psychological services stretched.
Mental health services in England received a record 4.6 million referrals during 2022 (up 22% from 2019), with the number of people in contact with mental health services is steadily rising.
There are over four times as many children and young people in contact with mental health services as there were seven years ago.
Services are not currently resourced to meet the increased demand, resulting in long waits and high thresholds for treatment; latest estimates put the waiting list at 1.4 million people (2021).
Our services are stretched and most simply don't have the capacity or time to offer lifesaving support.
We are caring individuals who have the time, the therapeutic space, the compassion, skills, and ability to help.
We need clear guidance and training.
Our suicide prevention course equips you with the necessary skills to prevent suicide and self-harm.
On our CPD accredited suicide prevention training for Clinical Hypnotherapists, you'll learn how to identify warning signs, assess risk, and put in place effective safety plans.
We know that hypnotherapy is contraindicated for clients who are at risk of suicide. This is why it's crucial for clinical hypnotherapists to receive specialised training in suicide prevention. By learning how to identify warning signs, assess risk, and intervene effectively, we can help prevent suicide and save lives.
Suicide prevention training provides clinical hypnotherapists with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle suicide-related emergencies effectively. This training covers a range of topics, including how to recognise the signs of suicidal ideation, how to assess the level of risk, safety plan and how to make appropriate referrals to mental health professionals when necessary.
Teachers’ner is MJ Maher, born in Chivhumudohara a small town just outside of Harare in Zimbabwe she obtained her teacher training certificate at Mutare Teachers college she taught for seven years at a government school.
MJ also worked for the Ministry of Education, until she left teaching to be an educational editor for Zimbabwe publishing house.
In 1988 MJ came to the United Kingdom and trained as a mental health nurse. She subsequently trained as a group analyst and has extensive experience, 28 years of working with suicidal people within the National Health Service. MJ has worked as a psychiatric nurse in the NHS, as a group psychotherapist in various NHS settings, in acute admission wards, secure units, drug and alcohol rehabilitation units and a national personality disorder therapeutic Community Hospital and resource centre where she has also facilitated therapy groups.
She's worked as a community psychiatric nurse and has worked with suicidal clients who did not have a mental health diagnosis in her private practise.
MJ’s eldest son Bryan took his own life on March the 6th 2020 he was one of the 5224 to die by suicide in 2020. MJ could not save her son but is passionate about helping people to avoid the same distress that her family went through. She has created a programme of suicide prevention called B.R.Y.A.N demystifying suicide, to honour her son Bryan.
B.R.Y.A.N demystifying suicide is a training programme of suicide prevention that enables therapists to use a traffic light system of survival framework within their therapeutic practice.
Suicide prevention training, the traffic like system is designed for professionals who work with suicidal people, for example psychiatric and medical professionals, social workers, psychologists, clinical hypnotherapists, and mental wellbeing practitioners.
This course is for professionals who work with people who may self-harm, experience suicidal thoughts and behaviour when they feel they cannot cope with emotions such as depression, anxiety, or panic attacks triggered by life events, ill health, other losses, and challenges.
This course is for professionals who work with family members, friends and colleagues who have lost someone to suicide and are struggling with difficult feelings for example, guilt helplessness, desperation, anxiety, panic attack, loneliness, and any newly developed phobias.
Mostly this course is for therapists who want to prepare themselves to assist clients who are experiencing suicidal ideation and are self-harming.
Together, we can make a difference and save lives.