Description: The presentation gives a practical approach to the assessment, from a psychiatrist’s point of view, of the suicidal patients presenting in the Emergency Room.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Distinguish between self-harm and suicide behavior.
- Distinguish between para-suicide behavior and completed suicide behavior.
- Distinguish between suicidal ideation and suicide behavior with intent.
- Deliberate self-harm are not synonymise with suicide behavior.
- ER physicians seldom see suicide completers (normally 92% at 1st or 8% at 2nd attempt), which are seen by the coroner. They are mostly, male pensioners, living alone.
- Suicide desire alone is insufficient to lead to a serious suicide attempt, fearlessness to die by suicide and the practical acquisition of means to do so is also needed.