45-year old African American female
70-year old Native American male
16-year old African American male
30-year old White female
Yes, because you cared enough to ask about his intentions for suicide.
No, because he will just try something else instead.
Yes, because it is likely that he won't change his method.
No, because he has tried before and learned from his mistakes.
Yes, because he will be in the hospital.
Access to a firearm
Strong feelings of hopelessness
Cultural belief that suicide is wrong
Yes, because the client will be less likely to break a contract once it's in writing.
Yes, especially if it can be developed to cover one week at a time.
No, because it can give a false sense of security.
Yes, because any client willing to make a contract wasn't serious about suicide anyway.
No, no-harm promises made to professionals never work.
Abrupt change in medication
First 24 hours of imprisonment
Media publicity about a recent suicide