Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

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Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, is a useful tool for assessment and management of suicidality for providers without a mental health background, including those that may be working in an acute care/emergency setting.

Task One: ASSESS

  • Assess current suicidal ideation
  • Obtain details if there is a suicidal plan
  • Gather details on current and previous attempts
  • Obtain information on psychiatric and other history
  • Conduct mental status examination

Task Two: ADVISE

  • Provide meaning and support
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Provide Information
  • Follow-up
  • Communicate with families/ significant other(s)
  • When to make a specialist referral

Dan Bilsker, Joti Samra

2007