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Suicide. Interventions Before & After. The Suicidal Perspective. The person feels: hopeless helpless worthless looking for a way to end their pain (and sometimes to punish the survivors) stressed and depressed. Assessing for Suicidal Lethality. S A D P A R S O N S.

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Suicide

Suicide

Interventions Before & After


The suicidal perspective
The Suicidal Perspective

  • The person feels:

    • hopeless

    • helpless

    • worthless

    • looking for a way to end their pain (and sometimes to punish the survivors)

    • stressed and depressed



Assessing for suicidal lethality1
Assessing for Suicidal Lethality

  • SEX

  • AGE

  • DEPRESSION

  • PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS

  • ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE

  • RATIONAL THINKING LOSS

  • SOCIAL SUPPORT LACKING

  • ORGANIZED PLAN

  • NO LIFE PARTNER

  • SICKNESS


Assess with rigor
Assess with RIGOR

  • Recognition of Intention

  • “Ideas-in-the-Head” Myth

  • Gradual Questioning

  • Organized Plan

  • Referral Network

    • Andrew J. Weaver, “Suicide Prevention: What Clergy Need to Know,” J. of Psychology & Christianity 12 (1), 1993, 70-79. And Harold G. Koenig & Andrew J. Weaver, Counseling Troubled Older Adults. Nashville: Abingdon, 1997, 71.


Adolescent suicide

Third leading cause of death for adolescents

Male adolescents are 5 times more likely to commit suicide than females, although females attempt suicide more often than males

Rate higher among whites than nonwhites

Warning signs

School problems

Frequent incidents of self-destructive behavior

Loss of appetite or excessive eating

Withdrawal from others

Sleeping problems

Signs of depression

Preoccupation with death

Putting affairs in order

Announcement of thoughts of suicide

Adolescent Suicide



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