Suicide Assessment - Topic Overview
A suicide assessment is used to determine whether a person is at risk
for a suicide attempt. Questions asked during a suicide assessment
- 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
- Do you ever hear voices telling you to hurt or kill
- Have you tried to hurt or kill yourself?
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 him- 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.