In the US in 2015, one person died of suicide every 11.9 minutes and one senior died of it every one hour and six minutes. Also in 2015, there were more than 1 million suicide attempts in US or one suicide attempt every 29 seconds. In fact, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death, and among young people, it was the 2nd leading cause of death.
With these relevant facts, first aid for suicide prevention is crucial. While first aid is widely recognized and used for common physical problems, such as bleeding and choking, it is not well established and commonly used among psychological or mental disturbances.
In this lecture, Dr. Rayel introduces the CARE Approach as first aid for suicide prevention. Unlike other approaches, this CARE approach is a practical four-step process with both assessment and intervention prongs. Assessment is necessary to recognize the signs and intervention prong is important to prevent suicide through various first aid strategies.
Moreover, Dr. Rayel discusses the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. He also explores and talks about some of the relaxation and coping strategies to prevent and to deal with early or worsening mental problems.
Topics include the following:
1. The CARE Approach as first aid for suicide prevention - This practical approach has both assessment and intervention prongs, and follows four basic yet crucial steps in dealing with mental problems and suicidality.
2. Warning signs of suicide - Severe mental problems, feelings of hopelessness, agitated and risky behavior, preoccupation with death, among others are warning signs of suicide.
3. Risk factors of suicide - Major suicide risk factors, such as mental disturbances, psychiatric disorders, medical problems, medications, and substances, are discussed.
3. Relaxation and Coping Mechanisms - Interventions discussed include breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, diversion, socialization, sleep hygiene, among other coping strategies.
If you or your loved one suffers from mental disturbance, then first Aid strategies to prevent suicide is very important to learn.
In 2015 in US, one person died of suicide every 11.9 minutes and one senior died of suicide every one hour and six minutes. In fact, suicide was ranked 10th as the leading cause of death, and among young people, suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death. First aid strategies for suicide prevention therefore is a must.
CARE Approach, a mental health first aid, is a practical four-step process that has two prongs: assessment and intervention prongs. Any psychological disturbance including suicidality goes through phases. So early recognition of its signs and symptoms is necessary. Likewise, first aid intervention is just as important not only to prevent worsening of the mental condition, but also to prevent suicide. Details about the CARE approach as applied to suicide prevention is explored.
In this lecture, CARE Approach is explained with emphasis on early intervention or first aid strategies. The ABCs of first aid, HEAL technique for patients, and HELP Method for caregivers are discussed. Also how to show empathy and how to listen actively are explored.
Here, the unique features and highlights of the CARE Approach as first aid for suicide prevention are explored and summarized.
In this lecture, physiologic interventions, such as breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation are discussed.
Here, more coping techniques, such as visualization, diversion, socialization, and sleep hygiene, are explored.
Suicide does not happen randomly, without any signs or symptoms. It is usually preceded and accompanied by important clinical features and warning signs, such as worsening of depression and preoccupation with death,
In this lecture, major mental disorders, medical problems, medications, and substances with strong suicide risk are discussed.
Here, more risk factors of suicide such as impulsivity, acute and severe agitation, recent stressful events, hopelessness, among others, are discussed.
As a practicing psychiatrist for over 20 years, Dr. Rayel live and breathe emotions. He has dealt with them every day and seen how unmanaged emotions impact people’s lives. Having honed and used emotional and social skills in his practice, he has witnessed some remarkable transformations among individuals and their families.
Moreover, he has seen the major role that emotions play in the workplace. As the site chief of a psychiatry department for many years, he has applied emotional intelligence in leading a group and in handling many emotional and interpersonal issues among coworkers.
As an entrepreneur, he has successfully used emotional intelligence in his businesses and has been its avid advocate. In fact a few years ago, he created the award-winning and well-received Oikos Game Series, an emotional and social skills games. To help educate the public about emotional intelligence, he offered EQ Webinars for personal and career success for a few years. Such web lectures were eventually incorporated into his recently-launched emotional intelligence coaching.
EQ Webinar Series
A 31-Day Series
Shrink’s First Aid Tips Series
Psychiatry Certification Examination Review Series
Psychopharmacology Review Series
First Aid Tips Lecture Series (Upcoming)
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Discipline of Psychiatry, MUN
Site Chief, Department of Psychiatry
Owner and founder of small businesses
Inventor of emotional and social skills games (e.g. Oikos Game Series, Actus Tale, etc.)