The use of mindfulness-based approaches for suicidal patients.
Williams JMG., Swales M.
Mindfulness-based approaches are becoming more widely used for individuals at risk of suicidal behavior: in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (in Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and as a way to reduce relapse in recurrent major depression (in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy). This article describes and examines the commonalities and differences in the use of mindfulness in these two treatments. The reasons for considering the use of mindfulness-based approaches with suicidal individuals more widely are considered and potential risks outlined. The article closes with case examples to illustrate the use of mindfulness in the treatment of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.