A nurse is planning an educational program for families of patients who have attempted suicide. The nurse should include which of the following statements in her teaching plan?


•Suicidal patients usually give clues about their intentions. Very subtle clues may be ignored or disregarded by others. These can be verbal statements about problems being solved or putting personal affairs in order.

•While suicidal patients may give overt clues, most convey their intentions subtly.

•Most suicidal patients are ambivalent about the act and may seek assistance prior to the attempt.

•Suicidal patients may display behaviors that convey their despair. This includes confusion, irritability, complaints of exhaustion, and feelings of hopelessness.

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