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Suicide Risk Management: A Manual for Health Professionals, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-97856-6
174 pages
January 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Suicide Risk Management: A Manual for Health Professionals is a short, clearly written book that provides practical guidance on how to manage the suicidal or potentially suicidal patient. Written by two expert teachers, the book has been used in courses for trainee psychiatrists and for health professionals throughout the world. Feedback from participants on these courses has informed revision of the new edition. This book is of interest for all mental health professionals who come into contact with patients who present with suicide potential, i.e. all mental health professionals, as well as general health professionals who are often the first point of contact for a suicidal patient.

The book opens with a review of the epidemiology, risk factors and associated aspects of suicide. It then presents two assessment tools: The Tool for Assessment of Suicide Risk (TASR) provides instruction on how to use it appropriately in the clinic. The Suicide Risk Assessment Guide (SRAG) acts as a self-study program to asess clinical evaluation skills. Both tools were created for use in the authors’ own practice and are now successfully taught to and used by health professionals around the world. Refined through actual experience, these proven tools help assess and evaluate patients with confidence.

Case vignettes allow the reader to practice using the information they have learned from the book.

Throughout the book, bulleted lists, tables and flowcharts effectively describe how to use the many factors to assess the risk of suicide in an individual patient.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, vii

Objectives, ix

1 The Importance of Suicide Awareness and Assessment, 1

2 Understanding Suicide Risk, 13

3 Suicide Risk Assessment, 56

4 Putting It All Together: Tool for Assessment of Suicide Risk (TASR), 88

5 Special Topics in Understanding and Evaluating Suicide Risk, 94

6 Suicide Prevention, 110

7 Suicide Intervention, 115

8 Post-suicide Intervention: Caring for Survivors, 123

9 Care for the Carer: Death of a Patient by Suicide, 130

10 Clinical Vignettes for Group or Individual Study, 135

Appendix A Tool for Assessment of Suicide Risk (TASR), 140

Appendix B 6-ITEM Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale: KADS, 142

Appendix C My Safety Plan, 144

Index, 147

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Author Information

Sonia Chehil is Head of International Psychiatry at Dalhousie University and Associate Director of the WHO Collaborating Center in Mental Health, with joint faculty appointments in child and adolescent and international psychiatry.

Stan Kutcher is one of the world's leading authorities on child and adolescent psychiatry and is the author/editor of several successful books and over 150 scientific papers. He is Director of the WHO Collaborating Center in Mental Health Training and Policy and Associate Dean of International Medical Development and Research at Dalhousie University.

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"This manual is a scholarly and comprehensive approach to suicide. Chehil and Kutcher write in a clear, organized, and engaging style that encourages the reader of any level of experience to explore their own knowledge about suicide.I highly recommend this book to health professional." (Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 2013)
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