Purpose: Screen for suicidal ideation in adolescents
Age: 12-18 years (SIQ: 15-18 years; SIQ-Junior: 12-15 years)
Time: SIQ: 10 minutes; SIQ-JR: 5 minutes
Format: Online (PARiConnect)
The Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire (SIQ) & Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire Junior (SIQ-JR) assess the frequency of suicidal ideation and serves as a valuable component in a comprehensive assessment of adolescent mental health.
It serves as a starting point for gathering information about your client’s suicide potential.
For many adolescents, the SIQ and the SIQ-JR provide a mechanism for informing adults/professionals of their level of distress and suicidal intent, serving as a “cry for help” that doesn’t involve self-injurious behaviour.
Adolescents who are thinking about suicide may respond to these measures with the expectation that, in telling others of their suicidal thoughts, people will take notice of their distress and act to assist them. It is therefore vital that professionals act quickly once critical SIQ or SIQ-JR scores are obtained.
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