What are 10 questions that a crisis worker should ask during a suicide assessment?

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When you think about questions a crisis worker should ask during a suicide assessment, you should consider ideas, threats, plans, openness to help, and current safety. Let's look at some possible questions.

The first questions deal with ideas, and they involve the person's desire to live, thoughts about wanting to...

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When you think about questions a crisis worker should ask during a suicide assessment, you should consider ideas, threats, plans, openness to help, and current safety. Let's look at some possible questions.

The first questions deal with ideas, and they involve the person's desire to live, thoughts about wanting to die, and direct suicidal thoughts. This should be established first. A crisis worker must also ask the person if he or she has talked to others about committing suicide or made any threats to do so.

The next group of questions is about plans. Here a crisis worker will get into the details, asking a person about possible methods and how far he or she has gone in making plans or preparations or procuring the methods of suicide. This is also a good time to ask if anyone has resisted the person or if he or she has set an actual date of death or written a suicide note. If the person has already made a suicide attempt, the crisis worker should also ask about the circumstances involved and what the person wanted to achieve.

A crisis worker must also assess how willing a person is to receive help and from whom. Other questions involve the person's current safety and focus on immediate intentions to harm himself or herself. Finally, a crisis worker should ask whether the person wants to or is planning to harm anyone else.

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