Mental State Examination & Suicide Risk Assessment

Our favourite psychiatrist Dr James Ellison came down to the booth again to go through Mental State Examination and how we can assess a patient's suicide risk.

First up we go through how we can examine a patient's mental state.  The MSE is part of the Psychiatric assessment performed alongside taking a full history.  We at the different composite parts:

  • Appearance
  • Behaviour
  • Speech
  • Mood
  • Thoughts
  • Perceptions
  • Cognition
  • Insight

Here is the Take Visually for Mental State Examination:


We then look at assessing a patient's suicide risk.  First there are the individual patient and then situational factors going through the more risky features in the history.  

James mentioned the Tool for Assessing Suicide Risk (TASR) which can be found here

And here's the Take Visually for Suicide Risk Assessment: