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Caring for Adult Patients with Suicide Risk

Mental health evaluations provided during the ED visit should include comprehensive suicide risk assessment. The SAFE-T Guide, developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), may be used in conjunction with the Decision Support Tool to meet this objective.

Is your patient suicidal? ASQ – The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions

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ASQ – The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions

1. In the past few weeks, have you wished you were dead?

2. In the past few weeks, have you felt that you or your family would be better off if you were dead?

3. In the past week, have you been having thoughts about killing yourself?

4. Have you ever tried to kill yourself?

Positive answers should be responded with immediate referral to appropriate mental health services.