Adolescent Discussion

You are a social worker assessing a teenager for possible suicidal ideation.  Discuss some of the questions you may ask the adolescent to determine the extent of risk for suicide.  If you were to determine the teen was a danger to themselves, what would you do next? Provide at least one good paragraph and be sure to check your work for spelling and grammatical errors.

Respond to 2 other student’s posts.  Your responses should be at least a paragraph and not just “I agree”.  Points will be deducted for limited work.


1- the first Student post


The teen should be monitored for psychological problems as well as physical illness. 

The question should be asked ;

1. In the past 4 weeks , have you felt that you or your family would be better off if you were dead?

2. In the past week,  have you been having thoughts about killing yourself?

3. Have you ever tried to kill yourself?

4. In the past few weeks, have you wished you were dead.

However , if I thought the teen were in danger of suicidal attempt, I would contact the behavior department at the hospital as well as have someone to stay with him or her one on one, to prevent and  monitor for signs and symptoms for suicidal attempts, until help arrives. Many teens have family problems , some are even being bullied at school, which bring on suicidal thoughts. Many will have anxiety as well as behavior problems such as being angry. Always let the teen know that you are available to talk about what is bothering them

 2- The second Student post

In the past week have you had suicidal thoughts?

In the past week have you thoughts of harming others? 

Have you tried talking to anyone about your problems and thoughts? 

From there, I will have the teen under 72 hour suicidal watch so he or she can’t harm themselves or anyone around them. I will be sure to talk the teen everyday so that they won’t feel alone. A lot of teens suffer with school bullying and home problems so they feel it’s better off if they are gone. I will be sure that I am able to talk to the teen whenever he or she needs me, or I will make time so that I can go talk to them to see if they are doing better and if the suicidal thoughts are getting worse.