A brochure for school personnel and law enforcement to help them identify the signs of suicidal behavior in time to prevent a suicide.
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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Suicide Intervention
DO assess for suicidal risk. If the risk appears grave then the teen needs to be taken to a hospital emergency room for professional assessment.
REMEMBER: If a teen is a danger to self or others, and refuses help, they can be put on a 5150 hold for their safety and kept in hospital for observation for 72 hours.
DO inform the parents or guardian of the teen’s suicidal crisis.
DO ensure follow-up occurs by appropriate person.
DON’T sound shocked or say that the suicide would be an embarrassment to the teen’s family.
DON’T engage in a philosophical debate on the moral aspects of suicide. You may not only lose the debate, but also the suicidal teenager.
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