Hot Topic 7: Managing Suicide Risk

Hot Topic 7: Managing Suicide Risk

(Approved by CPsychI for 1 External or Internal CPD credit)

In U.K. figures approximately 26% of those who commit suicide have been in contact with the mental health service. This presentation reviews statistics relating to these people and discusses how risk may be assessed, particularly regarding the relationship between historical and current risk factors. It also examines how current risk factors may be modified, both individually and in groups, to reduce the risk of suicide.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Review U.K. figures in relation to suicide, including statistics regarding diagnosis, methods, timing and mental state.
2. Understand the principles involved in assessing risk, both historical and current.
3. Understand how current risk factors may be managed in order to reduce risk.

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