Suicide Prevention: Self-Care for the Care Givers

Conference: 2013 Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention — Taking Science into Practice

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013
DoubleTree by Hilton, South Portland Workshop/Presentation: B4: Suicide Prevention: Self-Care for the Care Givers
Patricia Burke, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Working with or caring for people who are suicidal can lead to high levels of stress and possibly secondary trauma. This workshop helped participants identify the stressors in their personal and/or professional lives related to their suicide prevention efforts and offered an opportunity to develop a holistic and comprehensive self-care plan of individualized strategies to help ameliorate that stress. The presenter provided an opportunity to engage in a mindfulness-based stress reduction practice and evaluate its effectiveness for inclusion in participants’ self-care plans.