Short Term Counselling Could Reduce Suicide Risk

Research from John Hopkins University has followed more than 5000 people who had attempted suicide and then later received psychosocial counselling. It was found that suicides went down by 26% after five years compared to people who had no therapy.

Individuals that have attempted suicide are at a high risk of a repeat attempt.

How to help and treat individuals that have made suicide attempts is still a difficult area and it is still unclear about what will be effective in terms of treatments.

Erlangsen and her team in this study wanted to assess the effects of counselling among the individuals who have previously attempted suicide.

The research was conducted on more than 65,000 people’s data from January 1992 until December 2010. Co-author, Dr Elizabeth Stuart, added that the long-term follow up was great for gathering information on which suicide prevention treatments worked.

Findings of the research revealed that there is a solid basis for recommending this type of therapy. Dr Stuart added that it is likely that providing a safe, confidential place to talk was the key to success of a therapy session.

Whilst this is excellent research and provides a good grounding for successful therapy researchers are planning to go further and gather more data on the specific types of therapy that work best.