Improving Suicide Risk Assessment

I read an interesting short online article on suicide risk assessment in which an expert, Dr. Morton Silverman, MD, points out that we should change our focus from predicting suicide to preventing it [1]. This is from a presentation by Dr. Silverman at the 2015 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress: “We need to reconceptualize risk […]

Make Way for the Learners

All resident psychiatrists undergo periodic assessments of their patient interviewing and diagnostic skills called Clinical Skills Evaluations (CSEs) which allows experienced faculty to directly observe them conduct psychiatric evaluations of patients unknown to either the teacher or the learner. It’s a vital part of training the next generation of doctors, in whom I have great […]

National Suicide Prevention Week: Suicide Risk Assessment

Since September is Suicide Prevention Month and next week will be National Suicide Prevention Week, I thought it would be timely to post a presentation about suicide risk assessment. Nearly every day in my role as a psychiatric consultant I’m asked to assess someone’s suicide risk, usually after the patient has been admitted following a […]

Can We Walk The Talk About Preventing Suicide?

I may have to rethink my resolve not to practice what I call the Walking Dead Meditation. I know I’ve made fun of it and, of course, the real name is the Walking Meditation. I learned about it in my Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class. It could be a great way to deepen my mindfulness […]

Announcement: 14th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day

This is a short announcement post about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 14th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day, which will be on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Coralville Public Library , Meeting Room B in Coralville, Iowa on 401 5th Street. Admission is free and includes lunch. For information or to pre-register, […]