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Assist patient to verbalize emo-

tions, anger, and other stressors,

and to develop a plan for dealing

with them. solving problems.

Provides safe outlets for patient

to express feelings and helps to

work out realistic solutions for

Information, Instruction,



Instruct patiendfamily on com-

munity resources, hot lines, crisis

centers, ministerial counselors,


Consult mental health provider/

professional as warranted.

Provides knowledge and assis-

tance of resources available once

patient is discharged.

Allows for effective therapeutic

psychological treatment to dis-

cern appropriate methods of

coping with crisis.

Validates their feelings and

responses and may assist them in

finding more appropriate meth-

ods to cope with crisis.

Patient may be more likely to try

suicidal attempt again if situa-

tions or coping strategies are not


he will be successful at ending

his life, and that immediate

intervention will be required.

Encourage family members to

discuss their feelings and meth-

ods of coping.
Discuss actions to take if patient

expresses suicidal ideations or


Discharge or Maintenance Evaluation

Patient will achieve psychological equilibrium

and have no further suicidal attemptdgestures.

Patient will be able to cope with crises in an

appropriate manner, and will be able to effec-

tively search out community resources for


Patient and family will be able to verbalize feel-

ings and effectively achieve therapeutic

Patient and family will be able to access avail-

Risk for ineffective individual coping

[See Mechanical Ventilation]

Related to: crisis, drug overdose, loss of control,


Defining characteristics: verbal manipulation,

inability to meet basic needs, inability to

effectively deal with crisis, ineffective defense

mechanisms, irritability, hostility

able resources.