What is it about?
Psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals are often asked to see people in the hospital emergency department after they have attempted suicide or if they are feeling suicidal. In these cases professionals need to focus on the person's story, try to identify their individual needs and then work with the patient and their family to set out an individualised plan. They should not try to work how likely it might be that the person will eventually suicide.
Why is it important?
This paper, written by six psychiatrists who assess suicidal people everyday, offers a practical guide to assist professionals in this important task.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Christopher James Ryan