Care recipient (cr) threatens to commit suicide

Try: Sit with the cr in a quiet and private area find out if the cr has a do-able plan to carry out the suicidal threat if there is then you should immediately take the following precautions remove any objects that the cr could use to carry out the threat do not leave the cr alone if there isn’t a workable plan to carry out the suicidal threat you should do the following talk about the concerns the cr has and make a list of them after all concerns have been listed go through each one individually with the cr help the cr solve any problems that can be resolved for example if the cr is overwhelmed provide help with prioritization and organization with regard to the other concerns encourage the cr to look at them from a positive perspective a negative outlook could be a major contributing factor to the suicidal thoughts help the cr see that the glass is half full and not half empty provide assurance and hope that there can be light at the end of the tunnel others have been in the same situation and have been able to overcome the same problems assure the cr that you are available at any time and will help in any way possible

Materials: #quiet room #pen and journal

Categories: Communicating, Emotional Psychological, Safety, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Verbal Communication, Good Verbal Comm, So-So Verbal Comm

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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