I had a look at this report because I was curious what the four questions were of this suicide screening tool…
Turns out they are:
– current thoughts of being better off dead
– current wish to die
– current suicidal ideation, and
– history of suicide attempt
And that “Positive responses to 1 or more of these 4 questions identified 97% of the youth at risk for suicide”.
Am I being disingenuous thinking that this research is “discovering” the bleeding obvious – i.e. the best way to find out (the best predictor) if someone is suicidal is to… duh! … ask them!
Apparently you can get grants for this sort of research…
Cheers – David