Last week I was lucky enough to be able to present this talk to the SWEETS Emergency Medicine Conference in Stockholm.
Thanks to Dr. Katrin Hruska for the invitation.
This is a video of my lecture and slides as presented by myself and local Broome Psych resident Dr Nick Gilbert.
The first 15 minutes is my discussion of suicide risk assessment, then 5 minutes from Nick on the biochemistry, future and therapy for suicidal patients.
Summary take home messages:
- Suicide is tough to predict
- You have to ask about suicide in your daily practice
- Formal risk assessment tools are sensitive, but very non-specific
- Predicting behaviour and making a “risk assessment” are not the same thing.
- To make the best call you need to delve deep into the cognitive processes that your patient is experiencing
- Empathy is key – you need to be able to understand their perspective
- Imagine that you and your patient are sailing together over some rough seas – do you have all the data, resources and share a common goal?
OK, if that makes no sense then listen to the podcast and hit me on the comments below: