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Does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for suicide work?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be thought of as an umbrella term to include a range of therapeutic methods, techniques and processes based upon the cognitive and behavioural sciences. Originally, behaviour therapy had its roots in learning theory (classical and operant conditioning) and in social learning theory. Over the last three decades or more cognitive, or thought processes have taken a much more prominent position in both theoretical and experimental work and in therapeutic processes and procedure. Such mental processes can include cognitive content, cognitive processes such as attention, and underlying beliefs and assumptions about the world, or schema through which information and experience are filtered. Clinical and emotional problems are hypothesised to arise from faulty or maladaptive thought patterns and behaviour. How the individual structures their experience and infers meaning to the events in their life is viewed as of prime

• CBT is highly effective at countering suicidal thoughts, feelings and behaviours, particularly in adults.