The current COVID-19 crisis presents some serious barriers to service for mental health providers working with vulnerable clients and families. While we are all trying to cope with the new normal of remaining at home, many families are confronted with severe challenges like living with: (1) depression and suicidal ideation, (2) domestic violence, and (3) increasing family stress that can increase incidents of child abuse.
Many mental health providers are accustomed to addressing these issues, but responding to crises remotely or through telehealth services can present unique challenges. This series will focus on supporting providers with strategies to address mental health crises during this pandemic.
In Part 1 of the series, Dr. Laura Murray will share practical tools to address crisis and safety planning through telehealth services and, more specifically, how to assess suicide risk and develop a safety plan for clients at-risk of suicide and self-harm.