Your child’s health and safety is our #1 priority. New national safety guidelines recommend that we screen children and adolescents for suicide risk.
During today’s visit, we will ask you to step out of the room for a few minutes so a nurse can ask your child some additional questions about suicide risk and other safety issues in private.
If we have any concerns about your child’s safety, we will let you know.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth. Please note that asking kids questions about suicide is safe, and is very important for suicide prevention. Research has shown that asking kids about thoughts of suicide is not harmful and does not put thoughts or ideas into their heads.
Please feel free to ask your child’s doctor if you have any questions about our patient safety efforts.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.