Care recipient (cr) has been very down lately and you are worried that he or she may be thinking of suicide

Try: Always take the cr’s threats of suicide seriously remove or secure any available firearms and other dangerous objects ask the cr if he or she is having suicidal thoughts if the cr says yes ask him or her if there is a specific plan to carry it out if there is a plan you need to intervene and get help very quickly know the signs of suicide and be on the lookout for them these include making a will taking steps to get affairs in order giving away personal possessions sudden requests to visit friends purchasing a gun or stockpiling medications a sudden and significant decline or improvement in mood writing a suicide note if you suspect that the cr is thinking about committing suicide call 911 immediately or take the cr to the closest hospital

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Categories: Sage, Topic, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical

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References: Adapted from www traumaticbraininjuryatoz org traumatic brain injury a guide for caregivers of service members and veterans – module 2 by the office of the u s surgeon general no date

Keywords: Suicide taking own life depression

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

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