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Signs of a Potential Suicide Attempt

I.Direct verbal warning: One ofthe best indicators is the client suicidal statements. Never dismiss a suicidal statement as unimportant

 

2.Plan: The more detailed, lethal, and feasible the plan, the greater the risk.


3.Past attempts: Most completed suicides were preceded by a prior tempt.

 

4.Indirect statements and behavioral signs: Suicidal people oflen provide subtle remarks and behaviors suggesting that they may no longer be around,

 

5.Depression: Depressed people have a 20 times greater rate of suicide than the general population.

 

6.Hopelessness: A feeling of hopelessness is perhaps the strongest indicator of suicidal potential.

 

7.Intoxication: A lcohol contributes to about one-third to one-half of all suicides.

 

8.Clinical syndromes: Suicide rates are highest among those with Mood Disorders, Alcohol Abuse, organic brain syndrome, Delusional Panic Disorder; Schizophrenia, and Borderline Personality Disorder.

 

9.Gender: The suicide rate for men is about three times greatet-than for women.

 

10. Age: Suicide risk and completed attempts increases with age. 

 

11.Race: In the United States, Caucasians have the highest suicide rate. 2. Religion: As a person's degree of religious commitment increases, suicidal risk decreases.

 

13.Living alone: Suicide rates deCl-ease for clients living with a spouse, childlen, or someone else.

 

14.Bereavement: Bereavement incl-eases suicidal potential.

 

15.Unemployment: Unemployment increases suicidal potential.

 

16.Health status: Physical illness and co mplaints suicidal potential.

 

17.Impulsivity: Suicidal potential increases for those with poor impulse control.

 

18.Rigid thinking: Suicidal people often experience rigid, all-ol--none thinking.

 

19.Stressful events: People experiencing several undesirable events with negative outcomes have a greater risk for suicidal behavior.

 

20.Release from hospitalization: Suicidal risk increases on weekend leaves and shortly after discharge.