Explain how these theories are important in your practice

Suicide Theories

Introduction and Alignment

The PMHNP should have an understanding of the different etiologies underlying suicidal behavior in order to assess and intervene effectively.

Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:

  • Research theories of suicide.
  • Explain how these theories are important in your practice.


  • Textbook: Sadock, B.J., Sadock, V.A., & Ruiz, P. (2015) – Chapter 23
  • Textbook: WheelerK. (2014) – pages 143-167.


  1. Research theories of suicide. 
  2. Write a 2-3 page paper comparing and contrasting at least 2 theories of suicide. 
    1. Is there one theory that resonates most with you?  Explain why. 
    2. How can you use these theories in practice? 
  3. Use APA formatting throughout the paper, citations/references should be included

Assessment Criteria

Question answered comprehensively Compare/contrasts 2 established tools (20) Evaluates what is used at current clinical setting (10) Selects one tool to use in practice and explains reasoning for choice (10) 40
Student’s post adheres to APA guidelines; references and citations in correct APA format5
Writing style/punctuation/grammar5
Total Points50

Title pages should have the following info. This is the way it should be done in each course, not just this one. 

Title of paper
PYCFDate of submission (written out)

I will take points off for APA because this is the writing style you will be using throughout this program so it needs to be correct. An important note on citing references: it is not adequate to put one citation at the end of a long paragraph. The source needs to be clearly stated throughout the paragraph. Also, please keep direct quotes to a minimum. I will take points off if there are a large amount of direct quotes; especially in these assignments that tend to be on the shorter side. I will grade on grammar and spelling. 

***Make sure you review what is considered a scholarly source (if you have questions about this, please ask) and be sure that the article is from the last 5 years.

Appropriate references for this course and all future courses include ONLY PROFESSIONAL SOURCES. That is, consumer websites and sources are NOT acceptable references for assignments.

Not professional sources: WebMD, Mayo Clinic, HealthNet, MedicineCabinet.com, and so on, are consumer websites. They may have accurate information, but the information is not of the depth needed for a provider.

Not professional sources: What students find trickier is that there are websites that have EBP guidelines and consumer information both. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), AHRQ, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and many other excellent websites have a tab or a section of the website for consumer information.   Please access the professional portion of those website; they are excellent sources.  The consumer tab, however, is also a consumer website, not a professional source. If the section is not clearly labeled, you can be certain that the information is intended for consumers: 1) if it is written in the second person. Professional sources never say, “You should eat three servings of green leafy vegies per day”, 2) if readers are advised to see their healthcare professional if they have certain symptoms.  Professional sources are written for healthcare professionals, and do not advise readers to see their healthcare professional, 3) if there are no citations and no reference lists of peer reviewed sources of information. Professional sources cite and reference their information, as you do in your papers.  These sources may be used as examples of patient education materials only, not as the source you are citing for epidemiology, diagnosis, treatments or other clinical information.

Acceptable professional sources:

  • Textbooks from your graduate level courses
  • Epocrates and Lexicomp 
  • Peer reviewed professional journal articles 
  • Medscape 
  • The Merck Manual
  • Articles from UpToDate online database
  • The Red Book
  •  Evidence Based Practice Guidelines from professional associations such as American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP)
  •  Recommendations and guidelines for professionals from the CDC and other government agencies
  • World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for professionals
  • The Prescriber’s Letter (which you should be receiving monthly)

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