Siobhan Alford

Assess+manage suicide risk

Siobhan Alford graduated from the University of Cape Town with an Occupational Therapy degree. With over 20 years of experience in her chosen field, she has dedicated the latter part of her career to treating the complexities of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

As a hospital manager, Siobhan brings a unique blend of clinical expertise and managerial acumen to the forefront. Siobhan has embarked on a career marked by a commitment to excellence and a deep understanding of the evolving landscape of dual diagnosis services. She oversees the operations of the Harmony International group, emphasising an integrated approach to patient care.

Siobhan is committed to fostering a supportive and collaborative environment for her teams, ensuring that the facilities deliver high-quality, evidence-based
and personalised care.


Assessment and management of suicide risk
(co presented with Jeane Coetzee)

Suicide is a complex public health concern that requires a comprehensive approach to assessment and management. This presentation aims to explore the strategies and best practices for evaluating and addressing suicide risk effectively. At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:
1. Identify suicide risk
2. Describe assessment tools and techniques
3. Write a risk formulation
4. Describe the link between addiction and suicide risk
5. Offer management strategies
6. List ethical considerations
7. Address self-care for health professionals.

Suicide risk assessment and management demand a multifaceted approach that integrates clinical expertise, evidence-based interventions, and collaboration across disciplines. By employing comprehensive strategies, healthcare providers can effectively identify and address suicide