It is often necessary to evaluate suicidal patients, in order to make an informed decision on how to handle them. While dealing with suicidal patients, you realize that each case is unique. Some of them are individuals who are only experiencing suicidal ideation, but have not yet considered acting upon the same. Others are individuals who have experienced suicidal ideation, considered acting upon the same, but they haven’t yet taken any action in that regard. At yet another level, you have individuals who have actually attempted suicide… So you are dealing with a broad spectrum of cases. And that is what makes it necessary for you to subject every patient you encounter to evaluation, so as to figure out what the best way to handle that individual patient is.

Some of the specific ways in which you can evaluate suicidal patients include:

  1. Through interviews with the patients
  2. By simply looking at the patients keenly
  3. By looking at reference notes for the patients
  4. By looking at the patients’ medical histories

The most important thing here is to ensure that you are objective in your evaluation. You therefore need to be present-minded, while evaluating the patients. You can’t afford to be absent-minded, while evaluating the suicidal patients. Yet there are so many distractions. For instance, you may have received a credit card offer from Capital One. This would mean that, while evaluating the suicidal patients, you would also be thinking of how to respond to Capital One offer. You may be specifically thinking in terms of where you placed the letter containing the Capital One credit card reservation number. With all these thoughts at the back of your mind, it would be very hard for you to evaluate the suicidal patients objectively. So it is important for you to ensure that you are fully presented-minded, while evaluating the patients. The objective is to ensure that you put the patient through the right treatment plan, to ensure that their condition doesn’t deteriorate further.