Assessing the Risk of Suicide
Things to watch for when assessing potential risk: PLAID PALS.
Do they have one?
Is it lethal? Can they die?
Do they have the means to carry it out?
Do they have a mental or physical illness?
Chronic or specific incident(s)?
How many? How recent?
Are they alone? Do they have a support system? Are they alone right now?
Have they suffered a loss? Death, job, relationship, self esteem?
Substance Abuse (or use)
Drugs, alcohol, medicine? Current, chronic?