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Mental health
Short therapy programmes may reduce the risk of suicide reattempts
  1. Shaminder Singh1,
  2. Tanvir C Turin2
  1. 1 Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Family Medicine & Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shaminder Singh, Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada; shasingh{at}

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Commentary on: Gysin-Maillart A, Soravia L, Schwab S. Attempted suicide short intervention program influences coping among patients with a history of attempted suicide. J Affect Disord 2019.

Implications for practice and research

  • Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP), a brief suicide-specific approach, may be used to assess and rectify maladaptive coping strategies and promote alternative healthy coping mechanisms for people at risk of suicide reattempt.

  • Realist evaluation can provide an opportunity to appraise the ASSIP as it may work differently in different contexts (place, person and time).


Suicide is increasingly regarded as a dysfunctional and distorted strategy aimed to resolve personal problems.1 Brief therapeutic interventions targeting ‘suicide as the focus of care’ are trending.2 The ASSIP, a brief intervention for suicide risk reduction and prevention, provides a therapeutic environment for people with attempted suicide to build self-understanding, to develop insight into their personal …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.