Saturday, January 28, 2023

Tag: suicide assessment

Suicide & Candy Corn: The Utility and Challenges of Risk Assessments

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Researchers admit their suicide risk assessments work only about as well as random guessing, and they can lead to harm. We can instead focus on finding new ways to form connections that might help tether someone to this world.

Should You Ever Ask Someone “Are You Suicidal?”

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For every person “Are you suicidal?” may assist, there are many more of us who are scared into silence when those words are uttered. Why? Well, “Are you suicidal?” is, in fact, the king of the suicide risk assessment questionnaire. “Are you suicidal?” has become the red, neon, flashing sign that screams “Stop! Don’t talk to me!” Perhaps this might just explain why suicide risk assessments are well known not to work.

Meta-Analysis Finds Asking About Suicidal Thoughts Does Not Predict Suicide

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A recent meta-analysis finds that the association between reported suicidal ideation and later suicide is low.