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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 lethality

Assessing for Suicidal Lethality

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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


Adolescent suicide1

Adolescent Suicide


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