Appendix A: The Nature of Suicide Risk (IN: Clergy Response to Suicidal Persons and Their Family Members, edited by D C Clark)
Clark D C
This Appendix describes the scope of the problem & demographic patterns of suicide in the USA. It notes distinctions between suicide, suicide attempts, & suicidal thought, describes sex, race & age differences, & discusses family situations, employment status, & suicide methods. The author summarizes clinical knowledge on recognizing persons at risk for suicide & as well as considerations to remember when trying to connect a suicidal person with mental health services.