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A suicide assessment is used to find out whether a person is at risk
for a suicide attempt. Questions asked during a suicide assessment
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.
Take any mention of suicide seriously. If someone you know is threatening to
commit suicide, get help right away. To learn more, see Suicidal Thoughts or Threats.
October 17, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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