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NCJ Number: 49886 Find in a Library
Title: HANDLING SUICIDE THREATS
Author(s): D FERRIN; H FISCHER
Corporate Author: Bay State Film Productions
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Sponsoring Agency: Bay State Film Productions
Agawam, MA 01001
Harper and Row Media
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Sale Source: Harper and Row Media
Order Fulfillment/Customer
2350 Virginia Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21740
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS POLICE TRAINING FILM DISCUSSES AND DEMONSTRATES STRATEGIES FOR HANDLING ATTEMPTED AND THREATENED SUICIDES.
Abstract: THE POLICE STRATEGIES BEGIN WITH THE INITIAL CALL-IN AND THE DISPATCHER'S RESPONSE TO THE THREAT, AND THE FOLLOWTHROUGH TO THE TACTICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES NECESSARY TO DEVELOP EFFECTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE RESPONDING OFFICERS AND THE PERSON ATTEMPTING SUICIDE. SEVERAL CASE HISTORIES ILLUSTRATE BOTH WHAT AND WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN FACED WITH A POTENTIAL SUICIDE. THE CASE HISTORIES UNDERSCORE THE POINT THAT SOMETIMES, EVEN AFTER THE POLICE OFFICER HAS DONE AN EXTREMELY GOOD JOB OF INTERVENTION, THE THREAT WILL NEVERTHELESS BE CARRIED OUT. OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE THE IMPORTANCE OF OFFICER ATTITUDE IN THIS TYPE OF CRISIS INTERVENTION, THE MOTIVATION BEHIND SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, METHODS FOR ENSURING THE SAFETY OF BYSTANDERS AND OFFICERS, AND SPECIFIC TECHNIQUES FOR DISSUADING A PERSON ATTEMPTING SUICIDE. POLICE OFFICERS ARE INSTRUCTED TO STALL FOR TIME, TO TAKE ALL THREATS SERIOUSLY, AND TO GATHER ALL POSSIBLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE THREAT. FOLLOWING SUICIDE ATTEMPTS POLICE SHOULD INSPECT THE AREA FOR ANY SIGNS OF POSSIBLE DRUG OVERDOSE, ADMINISTER FIRST-AID, AND CALL FOR HELP, IF NECESSARY. A HANDBOOK IS INCLUDED. (BAC)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Films; Suicide
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. 23 MINUTES, 16MM COLOR, 1978 RENTAL AVAILABLE FILM INCLUDES A 33 PAGE HANDBOOK
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