I have heard about and read about the movie The Bridge for years, but until recently I had not watched it entirely myself. Since I teach frequently about suicide and have actually made reference to the movie, I thought I should see it and review it for a blog entry. I believe it certainly has relevance to military mental health given the rise in military suicides and relevance to mental health in general since suicide is one of the most frightening client outcomes that we encounter or worry about as mental health professionals.
CDP's own Dr. Michelle Cornette providers readers with an overview and summary of a recent piece she co-authored on the topic of social cognition and its relation to suicide risk. Check it out on the CDP's blog here!
For providers steeped in the use of evidence-based psychotherapies, it is important to keep in mind the relief from suicidal ideation that can be achieved through the use of combination therapy (psychotherapy plus pharmacotherapy). For patients experiencing suicidal ideation with intent, it is especially critical to alert patients to the option of psychiatric medications, and to support their decision to pursue pharmacotherapy in conjunction with psychotherapy.