Western societies predominantly apply a medical view when it comes to “mental health”. At the same time, a contribution (or even an understanding) by non-medical psychotherapies is largely missing. This webinar aims to address that gap, and stimulate a dialog about our own assumptions and attitudes towards the suicidal.
How is a medical perspective applied to those who are choosing to end their lives, and what is an alternative view from psychotherapy? Guided by medical principles, where is the focus of the conversation, and how does psychotherapy differ? When it comes to clinical practice, who are the “experts” we seek out for guidance. Suicide attempt survivors who know what it’s like to be suicidal? Or medical professionals, community leaders, politicians who belief they know?
Beyond professional training, how does cultural background and personal belief systems influence how we join (or perhaps avoid) the conversation? What actually is it that we are talking about when the matter of suicide emerges in a conversation? What are our personal and professional views/beliefs/convictions/attitudes/ assumptions about those who contemplate ending their life? What informs our thinking?
How might these matters get in the way in clinical practice? But maybe most importantly: what actually helps?
In this webinar Ernst aims to
- use first person accounts to highlight and clarify what it is like to feel suicidal
- bring attention how first person accounts might differ from mainstream opinions about suicide
- raise awareness that our personal and professional attitudes towards suicide affect how we approach suicide
- offer a clinical approach that has been experienced as helpful to those in need for help
Ernst Meyer is a Registered Clinical Psychotherapist based in Sydney/Australia and has worked extensively with suicide attempt survivors. He is also a full member of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP), and international council member of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP).