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Angel Haze: If You’re Contemplating Suicide, This is for You

This video would be useful for any mental healthcare worker who is interested in speaking the language of their youth clientele. In this video, YouTube artist Angel Haze delivers a slam-poetry/rap message to those suffering with thoughts of suicide. She uses offensive language and makes multiple references to self-harm in her poignant piece, so this video would be better suited for more mature audiences. This once-viral video was named one of PsychCentral’s Top Ten Mental Health Videos of 2011. (00:04:12)

LINK: http://youtu.be/85FyDJMBtOQ

Suicide Attempt Survivors

This short clip features individuals with various backgrounds who were suicidal at some point and then found hope. The video ends with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number and advertisement. This video is available on SAMHSA’s official YouTube channel, which provides a variety of videos dedicated to issues related to substance abuse, addiction, and mental health. (00:02:29)

LINK: http://youtu.be/_QmuNwkk_HM

Always Hope

This short video, winner of the December 2012 Art With Impact Contest, features a passerby stopping to help a stranger who appears to be contemplating suicide. The hopeful message, “On every journey you can turn around,” is displayed at the end, making this a great video to spark a discussion about suicide and depression. This video would probably be appropriate for any audience, although it does have an adult tone. This video, along with other contest winners and a variety of additional advocacy initiatives using art, is available at www.artiwithimpact.org (00:03:15).

LINK: http://vimeo.com/56922995

Heroes: Suicide Prevention PSA 2012

This creative, short video depicts a young woman’s journey from loneliness to engagement in life through one helping hand after another. The message at the end of the video is that suicide prevention only takes a few helping hands. We watch as different people play different roles in the teen’s life: a first person who notices something wrong who perhaps has suffered themselves, followed by peers, family members, a counselor, and finally someone in the community (an indication that the young woman is regaining some purpose in life). This video represents a likely succession of events for teenagers and would be helpful for teens, their families, and those professionals working with this age group or any person suffering with thoughts of suicide or depression. This video was produced by CETPA, a Georgia-based behavioral health treatment and substance abuse/suicide prevention program. CETPA is unique in that they are entirely bilingual. Their website provides many resources devoted to behavioral health www.cetpa.org. Their YouTube channel is CETPAnews. (00:01:40)

LINK: http://youtu.be/Libuau8Nnx4

C-SSRS Rating Scale Successfully Predicts Suicide Attempts

This short video describes the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, which is a highly researched instrument for assessing lethality in the clinical setting. In this video, Kelly Posner, Director of the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment in Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry, describes the importance of screening for suicide risk and how this instrument could be of use to clinicians, especially those with limited resources. This tool, as well as training for certification for its proper usage, is available for free at http://cssrs.columbia.edu/. This video is available on the YouTube channel for Columbia University ColumbiaNews. (00:02:39)

LINK: http://youtu.be/tWuUR-LaVaI

Risk Factors for Suicide

Judy Bailey from Suicide Prevention and Information, New Zealand, outlines the common risk factors for individuals likely to attempt to commit suicide. This video would be helpful for any clinician as it lists some of the most important warning signs as they relate to different ages and cultural backgrounds of individual clients. This video is also available on their YouTube channel Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand. (00:07:35)

LINK: http://youtu.be/toODpHy5Jds

Tightropes and Safety Nets: Counseling Suicidal Clients

Mental health professionals discuss their personal experiences as well as information about working with individuals who present as suicidal, highlighting the stigma and shame of talking about suicide. This video is extremely honest and effective due to the candidness of the professionals. They speak about their personal feelings when a client presents with suicidal thoughts and feelings. This aspect of the video makes a great resource for professionals because it serves to normalize the often frustrating and very important work of helping clients who may be suicidal. This video is an excerpt from the DVD “Tightropes & Safety Nets – Counseling Suicidal Clients,” which was produced and directed by the Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester; Professor Sue Wheeler and Dr. Andrew Reeves from University of Liverpool Counseling Service; and Jon Shears, University of Leicester Multimedia Services. This video is available on the University of Leicester’s website

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/itservices/archive/resources/corporate-information-services/multimedia-services/videosale/tightropes. (00:12:02).

LINK: http://youtu.be/vqo3TQynIKM

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