Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tolson 4 TEARS Talks About Suicide

Author Lynn C. Tolson talked with Lori Finnila, host of "Women Evolving" web radio show. The discussion evolved to the serious subject of suicide attempts in the aftermath of sexual assault. Lynn shared her knowledge and personal experience as described in Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story.

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SAD PERSONS scale for evaluating suicide potential
S sex: females more likely to attempt; males more likely to succeed
A age: 19 or younger and 45 and older at higher risk
D depression: may increase potential for suicidal thinking
P previous attempt: highest predictor of a subsequent attempt
E ethanol abuse: abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
R rational thinking loss: unrealistic and subjective thoughts
S social supports lacking: isolation from others
O organized plan: the more specific, the more the risk
N no spouse: single, divorced, widowed
S sickness: long-term illness and/or no cure

Adapted from Zastrow, C. (2000). Social Problems: Issues and Solutions. Ontario, Canada

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
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