Suicide Risk Assessment

New Strategies for Suicide Risk Assessment: Can we Prevent Suicide?

New Strategies for Suicide Risk Assessment: Can we Prevent Suicide?

“She was just there joking with all of us. She was getting ready for Valentine’s Day, explaining how much shopping she had to do, to have enough gifts for everyone. The last thing I thought about was that she would be ending her life.” Lola’s mother, Eileen, inconsolable, said these words to Claire, Lola’s clinician, after Lola was found in the park, hanging and then pronounced dead at the hospital. Claire could not hold back her tears, and being alone in her office, behind her phone, allowed her all the privacy she would need to tear up, with Lola’s mother on the other line.

New Strategies for Suicide Risk Assessment: Suicide: 9 Main Data Points and 11 Main Risk Factors

New Strategies for Suicide Risk Assessment: Suicide: 9 Main Data Points and 11 Main Risk Factors

While suicide happens every day, it is hard to “get used to it,” especially when its ramifications can be rather unpredictable. And given the strong link between suicide and health—mental health—there is a need for new strategies for suicide risk assessment. But before delving into these new strategies, let us consider an overview on suicide, looking at, (1) What the latest data can teach us and (2) The 11 risk factors for suicide.