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Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

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Author: Samra, Joti
Author: Bilsker, Dan
Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, is a useful tool for assessment and management of suicidality for providers without a mental health background, including those that may be working in an acute care/emergency setting.Task One: ASSESSAssess current suicidal ideationObtain details if there is a suicidal planGather details on current and previous attemptsObtain information on psychiatric and other historyConduct mental status examinationTask Two: ADVISEProvide meaning and supportDevelop a safety planProvide InformationFollow-upCommunicate with families/ significant other(s)When to make a specialist referral
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