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Suicide Quiz

Suicide Quiz

BASIC QUIZ FOR KNOWLEDGE

(Circle T for true or F for false)

NAME:_____________________________________________DATE:_________

PART One.

1. Of any 10 persons who kill themselves, 8 have given some indication of their suicidal intentions.

T / / F

2. Individuals who attempt to injure themselves are acutely suicidal for limited time periods, only.

T / / F

3. Improvement following a suicidal crisis means that the self injury risk is over.

T / / F

4. Studies of hundreds of genuine suicide notes indicate that although the suicidal individual is extremely unhappy, he or she is not necessarily mentally ill.

T / / F

5. The most recent data reports approximately 27,000 suicidal deaths in the U S per year and slightly more than that many attempted suicide.

T / / F

6. At one time or another, almost everyone contemplates suicide.

T / / F

7. Most suicidal persons who die did not have mixed feelings about living or dying.

T / / F

8. Almost no one commits suicide without letting someone know about their intention, at least indirectly.

T / / F

9. All verbal indications of suicide intent should be taken seriously, even when actual lethality is minimal.

T / / F

10. Although suicide is second to accidents as the leading cause of death for teenagers, large percentages of both are facilitated by substance abuse.

T / / F

11. If one suspects that a person is thinking about suicide, asking about it may cause the person to commit suicide.

T / / F

Part Two

12. Blocking access to a preferred method of self injury is futile since the victim can always find something else equally lethal.

T / / F

13. Equally high risk people can vary widely in the degree of lethality associated with their planning and method.

T / / F

14. In the last ten years the increasing female suicide rates mean women attempt suicide as often as men in the U.S

T / / F

15. The self injury methods and planning used by females are more lethal than those by men

T / / F

16. Most people who die from self injury behavior may exhibit some element of impulsive or poorly planned actions.

T / / F

17. Given current knowledge there is no one necessary and sufficient cause of suicide.

T / / F

18. There is an "expected" number of self caused deaths each year in every treatment facility, based on high risk factors alone.

T / / F

19. A history of past suicidal attempts is sad but not useful in predicting future attempts.

T / / F

20. With enough psychological vulnerability such as mental illness, alcoholism, excess dependency, significant loss, etc, it becomes more difficult to achieve total prevention of high risk people from self injury behavior.

T / / F

21. High risk people, especially those in treatment, will not cooperate in developing a useful suicide prevention plan which spells out steps to take and resource people to call.

T / / F

22. The suicidal motivations of those under 35 is different from those over 35.

T / / F

23. People with two or more previous suicide attempts have the same risk of death as those with one prior self injury incident.

T / / F

24. Most victims of suicide in the US are mentally ill.

T / / F

25. Most people with clinical symptoms of depression are also acutely suicidal.

T / / F

26. All deaths by suicide have a clinically diagnosible depression.

T / / F

27. Potential victims usually take the "right" to kill themselves by simply acting on a self injury plan.

T / / F

28. Current malpractice and licensing laws require the health professional to attempt prevention if the victim is observed to engage in self injury behavior or planning.

T / / F

29. Alcohol or substance abuse facilitates self injury behavior in over half of the victims of suicide.

T / / F

30. Traditional suicide prevention strategies in western civilizations were based on sin, crime, and mental illness models of suicide.

T F

SCORE : _____________

NUMBER CORRECT DIVIDED BY 30 = PERCENT PASSED.

REMARKS:

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Questions 1-11 taken from NIH Pub # 82-2308 Aug 1981. US Dept of Health & Human Services. Revised and updated in 1985

Questions 12-30 prepared by Fred Cutter,Ph.D. Based on information in The Suicide Prevention Triangle. Triangle Books Morro Bay, CA 93442 1983.

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Answers to quiz on knowledge of suicide prevention

1. T . . 16. T
2. T . . 17. T
3. F . . 18. T
4. T . . 19. F
5. F . . 20. T
6. T . . 21. F
7. F . . 22. T
8. T . . 23. F
9. T . . 24. F
10. T . . 25. F
11. F . . 26. F
12. F . . 27. F
13. T . . 28. T
14. F . . 29. T
15. F . . 30. T

RAW SCORE: __________________ PERCENT PASSED: __________________

THE NUMBER CORRECT DIVIDED BY 30 = PERCENT PASSED