Suicide Prevention for Geriatrics


What do I need to know about suicide prevention for geriatrics? It is common for an elderly person to talk about death and dying, especially if he has a worsening medical condition. This makes it difficult to recognize when an elderly person is planning suicide instead of just thinking or talking about it. Learn to recognize warning signs that the person may be considering suicide. Locate resources to help prevent the person from attempting to take his life.

What should I do if I think the person is considering suicide?

What warning signs should I watch for?

What increases the person's risk for suicide?

How will caregivers help the person?

What treatment may the person need?

How can I help the person?

Where can I find more information?

When should I contact the person's caregiver? Contact the person's caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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