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Toolkit:  Suicide Risk Assessment and Response to Patient Suicide
Recommendations for Self-Monitoring After the Suicide of a Patient


  • Immediately seek survivor-sensitive peer support and/or consultation


  • Be knowledgeable about survivor symptoms that are role-specific to care givers


  • Monitor personal activities of daily living as well as any increased hypervigilance, cognitive confusion or dissociation


  • Be aware of any change in the incidence of hospitalization and/or referral of patients who present with issues or problems similar to those of the deceased patient (this could be projection)


  • Be aware of any increased use of gallows humor, paranoia or inappropriate affect and content


  • Avoid distancing, withdrawal or isolation from supports


  • Note any increased use of maladaptive behaviors (drinking, eating, drug use)


[Adapted from Table 23-2 from Chapter 23: Aftermath of Suicide: The Clinician’s Role in Simon, RI and Hales, RE. Textbook of Suicide Assessment

and Management. 2006. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. Washington, DC.]

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