Intended for healthcare professionals

Observations Legal Tender

Live and let die

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4112 (Published 07 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4112

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:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

09 October 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
New York, NY 10028 USA