Social Worker

Suicide Risk Assessment and Treatment


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3 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$15.00
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Robert A. Yourell
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Course Description

Suicide is notoriously difficult to predict, yet many suicides are predicted but are not prevented despite concerted effort. The majority of suicides result from mental illness and the majority of these are due to mood, psychosis, or alcohol dependence. (Frances, Franklin, & Flavin, 1987) Only a very low percentage of suicides occur among psychologically healthy individuals as a result of stressful life events. However, suicide risk tends to peak over a limited period for nearly all people who experience such risk. This contributes to our understanding of prevention, as limited as it is.
Introduction

An Epidemic

The most conservative, and certainly inaccurately low, estimation of suicides around the globe is one million annually. This equates to an annual worldwide suicide rate of 14.5 per 100,000, with attempts of at least 260 per 100,000. In the United States, suicide is the eighth leading cause of death overall, amounting to 30,000 deaths annually. It is the third leading cause of death for young persons aged 15-24. (Tondo and Baldessarini, 2001) On average, six or seven people are directly and profoundly affected by each suicide. Roughly half of suicides are by firearm. Suicide is one of the greatest causes of malpractice liability among psychiatrists.

Historical Context

Early historical accounts indicate that suicide was understood as a response to intolerable circumstances, but has long been viewed as a crime against God and society, and punished with damnation as well as legal actions. Records from ancient Rome


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