Assessment Procedures

This is because stressful situations within a patient’s environment like drastic changes, death of a family member, sickness, job loss, or failure can contribute to depression and further lead to suicide attempts. The last factor would be “available resources” which allow the counselor to determine the available resources for the client. Available resources may include within oneself, family, friends, co-workers, and others who have direct contact to the client and professionals. This aspect lets the counselor know at what level the client can cope with the situation through the abovementioned resources (Hood, 2007).

Indeed, suicide risk assessment appears very useful in slowing down the occurrences of suicide and suicide attempts. It can aid in letting the patients realize for themselves their reasons for suicide and whether these reasons are worthy enough for them to take their own life. Suicide can be a very sensitive and critical topic. However, knowing that this is a growing societal crisis nowadays, this can be hard to take for granted especially in the field of psychology and psychiatry, for as much as there is a way to understand the roots and possible remedies for the crisis, these fields must not stop working.

As a counselor, I have always been comfortable with this topic. I believe that an individual can never have enough reasons to take his or her own life, may it be serious family problems, failure, separation, and other emotional distress. My view of life and living revolves around my faith which has taught me that only I can make my life as best as it can be. Thus, I know that my own values can definitely interfere with how I deal with patients. My own perspective of life and its value can definitely affect the way I ask my patients.

My conversations with them can make them realize how important and precious the life that they almost lost is. Because as a counselor, also through suicide risk assessment, more than someone to talk to, I believe I am a person who has that potential to open a bothered individual’s mind and let him or her realize that suicide never ends problems; rather, it ends all hopes, all the possible greater and better things, and everything else that is wonderful and precious about life which can be lost by committing suicide.


Hood, A. B. (2007). Assessment in Counseling: A Guide to the Use of Psychological Assessment Procedures (4th Ed. ). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (2008, April 3). Suicide in the U. S. : Statistics and prevention. Health & Outreach, National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved January 14, 2009 from http://www. nimh. nih. gov/health/publications/suicide-in-the-us-statistics-and-prevention. shtml#factors.