Mental Health in Practice. discussion topics Dr Layth Delaimy. Assessing suicide risk. Why do we assess? How could we intervene? Should we prevent suicide? Ethical Dilemmas. Risk factors for suicide. Male gender (3 times more likely than women) Advancing age Unemployed
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Dr Layth Delaimy
Suicidal intent has been found to be a good predictor of a subsequent completed suicide, e.g. a 5 year follow-up study of more than 2500 patients showed that those who scored highly for suicidal intent at the time were at high risk of completed suicide especially within the year after the attempt.
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