The objective of this guide is to provide facilitators with best practices to use when participants bring up the topics of mental health disorders and suicide in SMART Recovery meetings.
This guide also provides information and definitions applicable to the intersection of addiction, mental health disorders, and suicide. While facilitators will rarely use much medical terminology, meeting participants may occasionally. Thus, it is beneficial for facilitators to be familiar with such terms to avoid being surprised by, or uncomfortable, with them.
Much of the information in this guide is from the websites of the Mayo Clinic, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the QPR Institute (Question, Persuade, Refer), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Source links have been provided throughout and a complete list is found at the end of this document.
Facilitators can learn more by taking a course from Mental Health First Aid and/or the QPR Institute.