The experience of discussing suicidal topics in an outpatient support group for people with mental disorders

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Abstract

The article reviews the experience of discussing suicidal topics at the support group for people with mental illness. We analyze the influence of suicidal manifestations on the group leaders and participants and discuss the main approaches to work with suicidal manifestations and the limitations set by the group and its participants’ mental disorders. We formulate the following goals, which emerge when suicidal topics arise in a support group: preventing suicide and preventing the formation of the syndrome of emotional burnout among the leaders. The tasks necessary to reach the goals are described: increasing the competence level of the group leaders with regards to suicide manifestations, clarifying the severity of suicidal behavior and risk, preventing suicidal behavior from becoming a common response, identifying personal motivation for suicidal behavior, detecting the relationship between the power of suicidal tendencies and the state of mental health and improving compliance. We discuss the ways of fulfilling these tasks and limitations associated with them.

General Information

Keywords: suicide, mental disorders, support group

Journal rubric: Workshop and Methods

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2018260206

For citation: Boiko O.M., Maklin M.V., Enikolopov S.N. The experience of discussing suicidal topics in an outpatient support group for people with mental disorders. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2018. Vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 92–103. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2018260206. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Olga M. Boiko, Research Associate, Medical Psychology Department, Mental Health Research Center, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2895-807X, e-mail: olga.m.boyko@gmail.com

Maria V. Maklin, PhD in Psychology, Medical Psychologist, Department of Rehabilitation, Mental Health Research Center, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: Masha.maklin@gmail.com

Sergey N. Enikolopov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Research Center, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7899-424X, e-mail: enikolopov@mail.ru

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