We begin this chapter with a case study involving a depressed adult who is contemplating suicide. We then discuss the prevalence of suicide in adults, and we review the empirically established risk factors, while using our case example to illustrate key elements. Next we provide a brief overview of the literature on assessment and treatment, and we highlight certain ethical and practical issues for crisis management. We also consider some future directions for theory and practice. Finally, we provide clinical guidelines, a chapter summary, and suggested readings.
This is a case of a crisis phone call regarding suicide. It is 2:00 a.m. at a crisis hotline center in a large city.
Counselor: This is Contact Dallas, how may I help you?