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National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

December 5, 2018

Advocating for Residents with Mental Health Needs: What to do When a Resident Threatens to Harm Themselves 
webinar recording and slides are available now.

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LTCOP Reference Guide: Working With Individuals With Mental Health Conditions

Mental Health Issue Page

Illinois LTCOP Response When Residents Threaten Suicide

This webinar discussed Ombudsman program advocacy for residents with mental health needs and how to respond when residents threaten to harm themselves. 

Dr. Patrick Arbore, a nationally recognized expert in the field of elderly suicide prevention and grief services, has devoted is his life to increasing awareness of isolation, loneliness, and depression in older adults. Dr. Arbore shared warning signs, ways to promote better-informed and healthier communities, and resources and supports for Ombudsmen and residents suffering from inner loneliness, sorrow, stress, and anxiety.

Following Dr. Arbore’s presentation Jamie Freschi, Illinois State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, shared her program’s policies, procedures, and tool that guides the program in responding to residents that talk about committing suicide.

The webinar concluded with a presentation from Natasha Belli, an Illinois program representative, who shared her experience working with a resident that has threatened suicide and the steps she took to support the resident.

Additional information about mental health can be found on the NORC website and archived webinars are located here.

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