A suicide assessment is used to find out whether a person is at risk for a suicide attempt. Questions asked during a suicide assessment may include:
- 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?
- Has someone close to you died by suicide?
- 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 kill yourself?
- Do you ever hear voices telling you to hurt or kill yourself?
- Have you tried to hurt or kill yourself?
- What 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 himself 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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry|
|Last Revised||May 3, 2013|