The Structured Intervention Program for Suicide-Attempters (SIPS) is a brief, structured and client-centred intervention for individuals who have had a recent suicide attempt. SIPS is a collaborative approach, not a stand-alone program. PsychMed have designed the program to run alongside a client’s existing mental health treatment, with the aim to reduce suicide risk beyond treatment as usual, as well as giving clients focused, targeted time for discussion of suicidal thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
The program consists of 3-4 sessions of individual therapy with a trained psychologist, designed to create an understanding of previous suicidal crisis, existing risk factors, personal warning signs, and both short and long-term safety plans. Information gained in the SIPS program will be shared with the client’s supporting health professionals, to help them receive collaborative and coordinated care.