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A suicide assessment is used to determine whether a person is at risk for a suicide attempt. Questions asked during a suicide assessment include:
- Have you ever felt so bad that you thought you would like to go to sleep and never wake up?
- Have you ever felt so bad that you thought you would be better off dead?
- Have you ever thought that you are a burden on your family and friends or that your family and friends would be better off without you?
- Do you notice that you've been drinking more alcohol (or using more drugs) than usual or taking chances that you might not have taken before?
- Have you ever thought about hurting or killing yourself?
- Have you ever tried to hurt or kill yourself?
- Do you ever hear voices telling you to hurt or kill yourself?
- Have you tried to hurt or kill yourself?
- What stops you from hurting or killing yourself?
- If you ever thought of hurting or killing yourself, how would you do it?
If a person has thoughts of harming himself or herself, the health professional always asks if he or she has access to the materials needed to follow through with those plans.
If a depressed person has thoughts of suicide, a plan for suicide, and access to the materials needed to follow through with the plan, he or she is at great risk and should be admitted to a hospital for safety.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry|
|Last Revised||August 31, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 31, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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