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WHO report says countries should do more to prevent suicides

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5461 (Published 04 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5461

Suicide Prevention Checklist

Suicidal thoughts, feelings, and behavior are a psychiatric crisis, which requires the multi-disciplinary intervention of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and clergy, all of whom have expertise in suicidology. In order to assist these professionals, I offer my suicide prevention checklist:

S- Stressors (physical, emotional, social, financial)
U- Underlying problems, conflicts, and disappointments
I- Ideation, intentionality, and impulse control
C- Coping, cooperation, contact, and continuity
I- Intervention (psychotherapy, daycare, hospitalization)
D- Diet, drugs, and addictive substances
E- Expectation of help, improvement, and recovery

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 September 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, USA