Suicide Prevention and Response: Lessons from a Global Pandemic

with Chelsea Roff, C-IAYT

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About this talk

While the pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health, it’s no exaggeration to say that social isolation and disrupted care services has been at times life threatening for those with severe mental illness. In this presentation, Chelsea Roff — Founder of the eating disorder nonprofit Eat Breathe Thrive — will share how her organization moved rapidly to respond to a nearly ten-fold increase in requests for yoga programmes from clients reporting suicidality and self-harming behaviors. She’ll discuss the organisation’s work to develop a suicide and mental health emergency response plan, plus train a team of yoga teachers to help clients in crisis access professional mental health treatment. Learn how one organisation is navigating the intersection of yoga, healthcare, and community support, as well as best practices to support clients you may be concerned about. This presentation will cover: (1) scope of practice, (2) best practices for assessment, (3) professional referral networks, (4) ethics and safeguarding responsibilities for yoga professionals, (5) a tested framework to connect with a client you’re concerned about.

About Chelsea Roff, C-IAYT

Chelsea Roff, C-IAYT, is the Founder and Director of Eat Breathe Thrive, a nonprofit organization that helps people overcome eating disorders. A yoga therapist, educator, and research collaborator, she has spent the better part of a decade working to make integrative health programmes available to people with mental illness. Prior to her work in the charitable sector, Chelsea worked as a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology, with a focus on yoga as a complementary treatment for breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. She is currently overseeing a research initiative, which includes two randomized controlled trials, on a manualized yoga program for eating disorder recovery.

This presentation is part of Wellness After Covid: A Yoga and Healthcare Symposium. Click here to learn more and register for access to video content, slides, and other resources.