Suicide Risk

Themes for high quality assessment

Authored by: Christopher M. Perlman , Eva Neufeld

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292

10.4324/9780203795583.ch15

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Abstract

High quality suicide risk assessment is paramount to promoting patient safety and recovery. This is emphasized when we consider the number of persons who attempt to die by suicide. Rates of death by suicide have risen since 1950 (WHO, 2003), but are far outnumbered by hospitalizations for suicide attempts and self-injury. In 2009, 17,000 Canadians were hospitalized following attempts to die by suicide (CIHI & Statistics Canada, 2011). The estimated lifetime prevalence of suicide ideation ranges from about 2% to 18% among nine countries (Weissman et al., 1999). Though acknowledging that not all suicides are avoidable or preventable, thorough suicide risk assessment is a key step in recognizing and addressing suicide risk as early as possible (Pridmore, 2012).

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