Appropriate Intervention Action

a. When to Intervene. The medical specialist should take appropriate intervention actions, when the individual displays potentially suicidal behavior or there is a clear and present danger to the individual or others.

(1) Communication with patient should explicitly convey a message of caring and hope that solutions to patient's problems can be found. Convey your willingness to listen and understand.

(2) Assessment of suicidal risk is not easily accomplished. If there is any suspicion of possible suicidal intentions, the medical specialist should refer the individual to specially trained personnel such as 91X (mental health specialist).

(3) If an individual should confront the medical specialist with immediate means of suicide on his person (such as medication, knife. or gun), intervention may be necessary, but extreme caution should be exercised so as not to endanger other people or yourself.

b. Take Appropriate Intervention Actions. Notify your immediate supervisor or non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of possible need for intervention, without delay.

CAUTION: Do not leave the individual alone at any time; he might kill himself.

(1) If physical and psychosocial symptoms are observed and indirect verbal and behavioral warning signs are noted, discuss the situation with the NCOIC or professional personnel in accordance with (IAW) local directives.

(2) If physical and psychosocial symptoms are observed and direct verbal and behavioral warning signs are noted, contact professional medical personnel by emergency call. Proceed IAW local directives.

(3) You may accompany individual to referral agency or to consulting professional for assessment or turn the individual over to the official transportation arranged for by professional personnel.

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