Mini Quiz: Psychiatric Emergency Assessment of Youths

December 3, 2015
Ruth Gerson, MD

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Jennifer Havens, MD

Nearly half of children who present to emergency departments with self-harm receive no mental health assessment. What are the essential elements needed to interview children and adolescents in the context of a psychiatric emergency?

Which of the following are essential elements of the emergency department (ED) assessment of a child or adolescent with suicidal ideation and/or behaviors?