Occupational Therapy for Suicidal Ideation

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with suicidal ideation. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with suicidal ideation?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with suicidal ideation in several ways:

1. Establishing a sense of purpose and meaning: Occupational therapy assists individuals in identifying meaningful activities that give them a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Engaging in activities that hold personal value can contribute to a renewed sense of meaning in life, reducing feelings of hopelessness and despair.

2. Enhancing coping skills: Occupational therapists can teach various coping strategies and skills that help individuals manage distressing thoughts and emotions associated with suicidal ideation. These may include relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, stress management, and problem-solving skills.

3. Improving occupational participation and engagement: Occupational therapists evaluate an individual’s ability to participate in everyday activities and identify any barriers or challenges they face. Through therapy, individuals can address these barriers and work towards engaging in meaningful activities such as work, leisure, self-care, and social interactions. Feeling a sense of accomplishment and productivity can strengthen one’s self-esteem and reduce suicidal thoughts.

4. Addressing social isolation: Social isolation can exacerbate suicidal ideation. Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing and improving social skills, communication strategies, and building support networks. They may organize group activities to foster social connections and provide a safe space for individuals to share their experiences.

5. Developing healthy routines and habits: Establishing regular routines and healthy habits, like maintaining a balanced diet, exercise regimen, and sleep schedule, can positively impact mental health. Occupational therapists can help individuals develop and maintain these routines, which contribute to overall well-being and reduce suicidal ideation.

6. Collaborating with other mental health professionals: Occupational therapists often work in conjunction with other mental health professionals like psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. This collaboration ensures that the individual receives holistic care, addressing both psychological and occupational needs.

It’s important to note that occupational therapy is just one component of a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals with suicidal ideation. It should be accompanied by appropriate mental health interventions, therapy, medication (if necessary), and a supportive environment to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Occupational therapy assessments for suicidal ideation

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with suicidal ideation in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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