Suicide is a universal health crisis. However, it is also a topic that is infrequently discussed. There is significant research regarding risk factors for suicide, gender, or population comparisons on the likelihood of suicidal ideation, attempts, and completions; but there is a lack of comprehensive research regarding the connection between suicidality and substance abuse. In addition, limited research is provided on the topic of initial suicide screening requirements at intake and during a residential stay in Treatment Centers, Hospitals, and Primary Care Clinics. This review of literature intends to answer the following questions: 1) How prevalent is suicidal ideation, attempts, and completions in the general public compared to those with substance use disorders? 2) What are the screening requirements of Treatment Centers, Hospitals, and Primary Care Clinics? 3) What methodologies are best suited and utilized for counseling for suicidal clients with substance use disorders?

Keywords: suicide, suicidal ideation, substance use disorders, suicide screening, suicide prevention

Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Anquinetta V. Calhoun, Ph.D.





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