A short post for the holiday. But good news: Finding a therapist who’s willing to work with suicidal clients might get easier. The online therapist finder, HelpPRO, now allows advanced searches for therapists who specialize in “suicidal thoughts.” And it expects to launch a suicide prevention therapist finder later this year.
“We need a critical mass of at least 500 therapists who work with suicidal thinking in order to launch. We are almost there,” HelpPRO’s Jeanne Blauner wrote in an email last month. ” If you know any clinicians who work in this area and can spread the word that would be great. ”
A search for therapists who specialize in suicidal thoughts within five miles of Midtown Manhattan, for example, brought up 25 results, though some were duplicated listings.
Just how comfortable listed therapists actually are with people who feel suicidal, or who just want to discuss the topic of suicide or thoughts of suicide, is something each client still has to discover. But narrowing down the field to people who presumably won’t panic or reject clients sounds like a good step forward. It’s long been a guessing game otherwise, sometimes with uncomfortable results.
It’s worth reading the story that HelpPRO says inspired its work … and wondering why it’s taken the system so long to change.
Two other quick notes before returning to a full weekly post next Monday: The Mad in America site last week started posting our material. And well-known UK author, political strategist and national mental health advocate Alastair Campbell published a guest post last week about this blog and other sites that tell the stories of “out” attempt survivors.