Mini Quiz: Psychiatric Emergency Assessment of Youths


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?

A. Adequate facilities to prevent self-harm in the ED and to allow privacy during assessment
B. Interview of the child and caregiver by a child mental health specialist
C. Assessment of acute and chronic risk factors, including exposure to trauma and family stressors/supports
D. Discharge planning, including development of the safety plan and connection to outpatient care
E. All of the above
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