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o Anything that is sensationalized will inspire a copycat sucicide o High profile celebrity suicides also seems to be a trigger for copycat suicides also among those vulnerable people. *****How would you assess a person for suicide? o The first question would always be… o “Are you thinking of killing yourself?” o Best thing that can happen if that is the case=save a life o Worst thing: person says, “im so upset today, idk if i can do this anymore” Person says well “im only upset, im not going to kill myself” o ****IF YOU GET A MOMENTARY HESITATION ON THAT ANSWER ...yes that person has been thinking about it o You can’t put a thought into someone else’s head that isn’t there o Person won’t say, “oh that’s an idea, I haven’t thought of that” o So asking is a good thing to do...can never make a person say, “well I haven't thought of that”
o ****ANY hesitation t o question about “are you thinking of killing yourself”, then yes; it’s in the person’s mind and they have thought of it . You go on with your questioning Then you go on... Ask do you have a plan? What is the plan? where/how/when would you do it? You need specificities! If this is not well thought through, it buys you some time to help them, or if this a serious imminent threat o You never put a thought into someone else’s mind! o Worse thing that can happen is that they will say, “what are you kidding” - Firefighter suicide rate- is also raising 2x as many firefighter die from suicide rather on the line of duty. - Rates of self-harm like cutting among girls and young women are also rising. US deaths from alcohol and drugs are at a crisis level. - School shooting - Higher temperatures in increasing the suicide risks. Climate change is affecting mental health -they are finding that it is exacerbating a lot of mental health disorders and people are not reacting very good to climate change so is a concern. REVIEW: o ****Risk factors for suicide: depression, dramatic mood changes, low self-esteem, alienation, prior attempts, any ACEs of abuse mostly like sexual, unnecessary risk taking, dramatic mood changes, starting an antidepressant ( hasn’t taken effect and you’re still feeling depressed) purchasing a firearm. o ****What are things that people may say that will make you suspicious that they want to commit suicide? “I won't be a problem anymore” “It would be better if I’m not alive” Start giving away important items “I don’t think I will be here to attend the next celebration”. o ****There is a lot of ambivalence people want to be out of their psychic pain but also want to stay in the world, so that gives us a big opportunity for intervention o With alcohol, there will be a tolerance break This means that at that point, the person will need only a small amount of ex. alcohol in order to become intoxicated.

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