This list of screening tools from the Center for Integrated Health Solutions includes many options for screening for suicide and depression risk.
A multi-source collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help you understand and implement Zero Suicide.
This document serves as a resource guide, using the SAFE-T protocol as a centerpiece, to facilitate implementation of the Joint Commission patient safety goal on suicide.
This card assists clinicians in conducting a suicide assessment using a five-step evaluation and triage plan to identify risk factors and protective factors, conduct a suicide inquiry, determine risk level and potential interventions, and document a treatment plan.
This report reviews evidence about suicide risk factors and suicide risk assessment tools to inform practice guidelines for clinicians serving veterans and military populations. However, much of the information is also applicable to the general adult population.
Bryan, C.J., Stone, S.L., & Rudd, M.D. (2011). A practical, evidence-based approach for means-restriction counseling with suicidal patients. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(5), 339–346.
Stanley, B., & Brown, G. (2012). Safety Planning Intervention: A brief intervention to mitigate suicide risk. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19(2), 256–264.
Knox, K., Stanley, B., Currier, G., Brenner L, Ghahramanlou-Holloway M., & Brown G. (2012). An emergency department-based brief intervention for veterans at risk for suicide (SAFE VET). American Journal of Public Health, 102(Suppl. 1), S33–37.
A fill-in-the-blank template for developing a safety plan with a patient who is at increased risk for a suicide attempt.
This quick guide for clinicians may be used to develop a safety plan—a prioritized written list of coping strategies and sources of support to be used by patients who have been deemed to be at high risk for suicide.
This manual describes a brief clinical intervention, safety planning, that can serve as a valuable adjunct to risk assessment and may be used with individuals who have made a suicide attempt, have suicide ideation, have psychiatric disorders that increase suicide risk, or who are otherwise determined to be at high risk for suicide. It is intended to be used by VA mental health clinicians, but it is also relevant for clinicians who treat non-veterans.
Safety Plan is a free mobile safety planning app developed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, along with the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene and the New York State Suicide Prevention Initiative. Safety Plan helps individuals identify suicide warning signs, create coping strategies, identify positive contacts and social settings to distract from the crisis, identify family members and friends available to help, find professional help and resources, and make their environment safe from lethal means that may be used in a suicide attempt.
MY3 is a free mobile safety planning app developed in partnership between the California Mental Health Services Authority and the Link2Health Solutions. With My3, users define their network and their plan to stay safe.
These recommendations were developed in an effort to enhance the provision of care in inpatient and residential facilities and, in particular, to promote, when possible, the incorporation of families as meaningful members of the treatment team.
This letter can be used and adapted to announce the commitment to improve the care provided to patients who are struggling with suicide and the adoption of the Zero Suicide approach. It should be sent from the chief executive officer, or someone else in a position of leadership, to all staff members.
The Way Forward report, authored by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, provides recommendations based on evidence-based practices which incorporate personal lived experience of recovery and resilience.
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