Year: 1988 Source: Nursing88, v.18, no.7, (July 1988), p.59-64 SIEC No: 19890128

Presents signs & symptoms of depression & outlines an assessment plan for suicide risk. Warns that any talk of suicide, even casual, must be taken seriously. Contemplating suicide is a way AIDS patients try to maintain control of their lives; other ways of doing this are suggested. Discusses the meaning of denial & the misleading lifting of depression. Makes recommendations for dealing with suicidal patients & the staff’s bereavement. Presents 3 cases & discusses criteria for rational suicide.KM