Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health’s Division of Intramural Research Programs recently developed a free Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) toolkit to help nurses and other healthcare professionals identify young people at risk for suicide. The toolkit, which is organized for specific medical settings (for example for emergency departments, inpatient units, or specialty clinics), includes four questions that take 20 minutes to administer. One study of the toolkit found that 97% of youth at risk for suicide were identified when a yes response was given to one or more of the four questions. Read more.
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