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The current suicide public health crisis and advances in clinical practice have increased the need for clear, evidence-informed guidance on suicide prevention in healthcare. This clinical suicide prevention handbook is an essential resource for mental health and primary care professionals, and any practitioner aiming to ensure their practice is up-to-date, patient-centred and consistent with the most current standards of care. Starting with a summary of the science and public health model of suicide, the book offers quick tips for suicide screening, risk assessment, interventions, and follow-up communication. It discusses medicolegal risk management, how health systems can prevent suicide and provides highly specialized guidance for clinicians following the loss of a patient to suicide. Focused sections include incorporating social media into care plans, telemedicine, issues related to culture and race/ethnicity, and working with specific populations. It introduces an integrated, prevention-oriented approach to suicide prevention, incorporating realistic supports, foreseeable changes, and strategies.


2022 BMA Medical Book Award in Psychiatry


‘I thank the authors for this marvellous and much needed addition to my library. From the opening paragraphs, I was hooked and read the entirety of the handbook, word-for-word, learning something new and clinically applicable from each chapter. It is comprehensive in its scope, beautifully written and up-to-date and will remain on my work desk for use as an authoritative reference guide as challenging situations arise. Most chapters provide key points up front, summarize pertinent data, illustrate text with beautiful figures and case examples and close with clinical pearls and pertinent references. I recommend this handbook for all graduate level trainees and mental health clinicians who treat patients with serious mental illness. If a resident in psychiatry asks for the one must-read book or reference on suicide prevention, this will be it.’

Sidney Zisook - Director, Residency Training Program, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

‘Suicide takes an enormous toll on society, communities, families, and individuals and is complex with myriad factors contributing in disparate ways. Progress in reducing suicide-related morbidity and mortality will require collaboration and a concerted effort by researchers and clinicians of multiple disciplines, public health and policy professionals, lay people, and those with lived experience. Suicide Prevention by Moutier, Pisani, and Stahl is an excellent foundation for that effort because not only is the book thorough and authoritative, but accessible to all. Its creative use of graphics, clinical vignettes, and well referenced text are the tools of great teachers. And we have much to learn!’

Yeates Conwell - Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry, Director, Office for Aging Research and Health Services, and Co-Director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York

‘This is a refreshing addition to the literature on suicide prevention. The high-yield and practical tone of the book and the use of figures, bullet points, and summaries make this a quick and memorable read. This will be an excellent go-to reference on suicide prevention management and associated topics for treatment professionals to have on their bookshelves.'

Daniel M. Tuinstra Source: Doody's Notes

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