These guidelines are a general set of recommendations about how you can help someone who may be at rick of suicide. Each individual is unique and it is important to tailor your support to that person´s needs. Also, the guidelines are designed to be suitable for providing first aid in the Philippines. They might not be suitable for other cultural groups or for countries with different health systems.
Purpose of these Guidelines
These guidelines are designed to help members of the public to provide first aid to someone who is at risk of suicide. The role of the first aider is to assist the person until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
Development of these Guidelines
The following guidelines are based on the expert opinions of a panel of mental health professionals from Japan about how to help someone who may be at risk of suicide.
Good Practices in Mental Health & Well-being
Suicides take a high toll. Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year and it is the second leading cause of
death in 15-29-year-olds. Most suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries where resources
and services, if they do exist, are often scarce and limited for early identification, treatment and support of
people in need. These striking facts and the lack of implemented timely interventions make suicide a serious
global public health problem that needs to be tackled urgently.
SUI supporting material
• Person stories
• Role plays
• Multiple choice questions
• Video link
Activity 2: mhGAP SUI module – assessment and management