Risk Summary: SAD PERSONS

S- ex:  Male
A- ge:  Elderly, 15-24; especially for Caucasians
D- epression:  Precedes suicide in up to 70%
P- revious Attempts:  Most die on 1st or 2nd
E- thanol Use:  Alcohol or sedative-hypnotics
R- ational Thinking Loss:  Cognitive slowing, damage
S- ocial Support Deficit
O- rganized Plan:  A specific plan and means
N- o Spouse:  Especially within one year of divorce
S- ickness:  comorbid medical illnesses

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