Review the following case study and answer the questions at the end: Karen calls the suicide hotline

Review the following case study and answer the questions at
the end: Karen calls the suicide hotline number Friday night at 9 p.m. and
speaks to an on-call crisis counselor. Karen says that she is depressed and
wants to kill herself. She has been drinking vodka and has obtained several
Valium tablets from a neighbor. She says she is lonely and has wasted her life.
She has the tablets in her house and is thinking about taking them. After
further discussion, the counselor finds out that Karen will be turning 40 next
week. She lives alone, has no friends, and has no family members who live
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Review the following case study and answer the questions at
the end: Karen calls the suicide hotline number Friday night at 9 p.m. and
speaks to an on-call crisis counselor. Karen says that she is depressed and
wants to kill herself. She has been drinking vodka and has obtained several
Valium tablets from a neighbor. She says she is lonely and has wasted her life.
She has the tablets in her house and is thinking about taking them. After
further discussion, the counselor finds out that Karen will be turning 40 next
week. She lives alone, has no friends, and has no family members who live
nearby. She used to be quite religious but stopped attending church last year.
Karen has been previously involved with mental health services, having been
treated at an inpatient psychiatric hospital several times over the years for
depression and suicidal ideation.

a. Identify the factors and warning
signs associated with suicide risk.

b. How would you describe Karen’s
overall risk for suicide?

c. To further assess suicide risk,
what questions would you like to ask Karen?

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