- San Bernardino US-CA
Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod has helped numerous organizations including police departments, fire districts, and airlines to improve their response to mental health and counseling incidents. One of the topics on which Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod educates these groups is suicide intervention and prevention. Counseling professionals have long recognized the critical role of family, friends, and coworkers in preventing individuals in despair from killing themselves. One of the most important aspects of suicide prevention is to learn and watch for key warning signs of suicide. Few individuals who commit suicide do so quietly, and many talk overtly about self-harm before committing to the act. Once a potential suicide risk has been identified, suicide intervention strategies involve speaking directly to the suicidal person. Concerned individuals should ask the person at risk how they can best provide support, and they should express their concerns directly without judgment, in order to minimize the chance that the person will commit suicide.