Suicidal Ideation (SI) refers to the thoughts about taking ones own life with some degree of intent. SI with some intent does not necessarily mean that a person is an imminent risk to self; further assessment is needed.
It is imperative that all SI is taken seriously and explored to determine the level of risk. A professional clinician should assess the plan, motivation, and level of intent to determine the intervention needed, if any.
Contracts, written or verbal, are often completed between therapist and client as a method removing some of the risk to self. If an individual is unable to contract for safety, a higher level of care may be required.
Suicide is a significant risk to those with borderline personality disorder. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people with BPD, will successfully kill themselves. Suicidal Ideation and attempts are common, and effort should be a focus of prevention.
Also Known As: Suicidal Thoughts, SI