Testing & Diagnosis for Suicide in Teens and Children

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How is suicide risk assessed?

Suicide risk is assessed by trained mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and mental health counselors. For rapid assessment of suicide risk, you should access care through your primary care physician, a local crisis team, or your local emergency department.

If my child is suicidal, what happens next?

The mental health professional who assesses your child should work with you and your child to acquire appropriate treatment. Treatment may include an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, a partial hospitalization/day program, outpatient psychotherapy, home-based therapy, psychiatric medication, or some combination of the above.

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