Addressing Thoughts of Suicide

You should inquire about depression and suicidal ideation with any patient who has been deployed. Suicidal ideation should always be taken seriously. Notify your patient’s behavioral health provider if he/she expresses signs of depression or thoughts of suicide. Or call the VA's suicide hotline:

Alternatively, report your patient to your emergency department, take your patient to the nearest emergency room, or call 911.

Watch Dr. Wendy Law as she asks a veteran with concussion/mTBI about suicidal thoughts:

Suicidal Ideation

During a case history, it is crucial to listen carefully to service members and vets about possible thoughts of suicide.