Suicide Assessment and Intervention Skills (March 31st 2017)


In a study of medical records in 2005 in Hanoi, nearly half (49%) of the persons who attempted suicide were aged 15 to 24 (Thanh et al, 2005).

This social challenge was deemed taboo and not openly discussed in Vietnamese society (Harpham & Tuan, 2006). Fear of being stigmatized hinders an affected person from seeking help. Families and friends can be unaware or unable to help.  The social costs for the individual, families and society is high.

Base on the social needs, CoRE invited with Ms. Florence Fong, a Senior Medical Social Worker from Singapore General Hospital cum an ASIST trainer has conducted a 1-day workshop on Suicide Assessment & Intervention Skills.

From this workshop, participants were equipped to identify a person who may be at risk of suicide. They also acquired the knowledge and skills required to either directly intervene to prevent suicide behavior and/or refer a person at risk to a trained mental health professional for further follow-up care using a suicide assessment and intervention framework.

All participants found it very helpful and the model was easy to use. Role-plays were fun and aid in learning the PAL (Pathway to Life) model. Hope that we can spread broadly this model to community!