psychiatry (Types (Risk to self (Suicide (Assessment (Post…
Risk to self
15th leading cause of death globally (2nd in 15-30y)
Young adults/middle age, elderly
Varies by profession
Act of killing self deliberately, performed by the person
concerned, in full knowledge of the outcome
Young or elderly
Past psychiatric history
Current mental state (hopeless, unexplained
symptom improvement, gain insight, psychosis)
PMH (chronic disease e.g. pain)
Adverse life events
'Have you ever thought that life isn't worth living?'
Have you ever thought about ending your life?'
'Do you think that you would act on these thoughts?'
Planning (planned or spontaneous)
Intention (cry for help, end life)
Did they attempt to get help
How they were found (alert someone, by chance)
How they feel about it (?regret)
Symptoms of mental illness
Protective factors (hope, beliefs, family/friends)
Cutting, burns, etc.