Management of a Suicidal Patient: A Practitioner’s Perspective
Romeo Escobar, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018), suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide rates have increased in almost every state in the United States from 1999 through 2016. For many individuals with suicidal ideations, mental health disorders are often seen as the cause of suicide; however, suicide is not caused by only one single factor. Studies have shown there are several factors that contribute to suicide which may include, but not limited to relationship issues, substance use, physical health, job related issues, money, legal, and/or housing stressors (CDC, 2018). Suicide is a public health crisis reaching epidemic proportions and has claimed the lives of more than 45,000 individuals in the U.S. (Brodsky, Spruch-Feiner, & Stanley, 2018). Due to the increasing number of suicides, mental health practitioners must be clinically prepared to provide appropriate intervention to help prevent a suicide. Thus, the aim of this paper is to share some guidelines and/or tips in managing an individual with suicidal ideation from a practitioner’s perspective