Behavioral health conditions
Suicide is a major preventable public health problem and one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. (NIMH). It is important to note that individuals with an underlying mental health condition or substance abuse problem are often more likely to attempt suicide (CDC). And without immediate and proper intervention, they often succeed. Treating these conditions before suicidal ideation occurs is imperative.
Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), ages six years and up, comprises of 2-6 questions that can be administered in the field for risk level.
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- Depression and Suicide
- PTSD and Suicide Thoughts
- Warning Signs of Suicide
- Suicidal Thoughts or Threats
- Warning Signs of Suicide in Children and Teens
- Warning Signs of Suicide in Adults
- Warning Signs of Suicide in Older Adults
- Suicide Threats: What to Do
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- Always talking or thinking about death
- Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse
- Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
- Losing interest in things one used to care about
- Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
- Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
- Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
- Talking about suicide
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye