The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit provides resources tailored to the emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical unit, outpatient primary care, and specialty clinics. It includes a brief suicide risk screening tool, resources for effectively implementing suicide risk screening, and guides for managing patients who screen positive. The toolkit also provides guidance for engaging families and creating a safety plan.
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SPRC designed this guide to assist Emergency Department (ED) health care professionals with decisions about the care and discharge of patients with suicide risk. Its main goal is to improve patient outcomes after discharge. The guide helps ED caregivers answer these questions:
- How can I effectively intervene while this patient is in the ED?
- Can this patient be discharged or is further evaluation needed?
- What will make this patient safer after leaving the ED?
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has created a seven-minute about The Patient Safety Screener (PSS-3), a tool for identifying patients in the acute care setting who may be at risk of suicide. The PSS-3 can be administered to all patients who come to the acute care setting, not just those presenting with psychiatric issues, and was developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Accompanying materials provide help to administer the PSS-3, plan for patients who screen positive, and implement screening sustainably and effectively.
TreamentWorksForVets is a public information website for veterans, family members, and others interested in learning more about proven mental health treatments for veterans. The website uses easy to follow animations, creative videos, and interactive exercises to explain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. TreatmentWorksforVets was created by experts in veterans mental health to increase awareness of evidence-based psychotherapies and is supported by the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC (Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center) for Suicide Prevention.
Adapted by the THRIVE project at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, this document can help all types of organizations understand their Zero Suicide Workforce Survey results. The document includes discussion questions and statements to guide implementing teams through a conversation about their results.
The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit is a free resource for medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care) that can help nurses or physicians successfully identify youth at risk for suicide. The ASQ is a set of four screening questions that takes 20 seconds to administer. The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) toolkit is designed for screening youth ages 10-24 (for patients with mental health chief complaints, consider screening below age 10). The ASQ is free of charge and available in multiple languages.
The Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is offering a free consultation program for any clinician and provider who works with any Veteran at risk for suicide. Consultation topics may include things like risk assessment, conceptualization of suicide risk, lethal means safety counseling, strategies for how to engage veterans at high risk, best practices for documentation, provider support after a suicide loss, and more.
Tips and case studies from Zero Suicide implementors to help improve the response rates for your organization's workforce survey rollout.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs developed a Mental Health Guide that offers recommended products and solutions to ensure individuals in inpatient care have a safe and therapeutically-enriching environment.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs developed a Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist for Veterans Affairs Hospitals to use to review inpatient mental health units for environmental hazards. The purpose of the checklist is to identify and abate environmental hazards that could increase the chance of patient suicide or self-harm.
The Puyallup Tribal Health Authority developed a caring letter template that includes caring phrases in the Puyallup language with English translations. These culturally appropriate caring letters are sent in envelopes to protect client confidentiality.
Bloomington Meadows Hospital of Indiana sends out handwritten care cards to patients after discharge. The care cards, like the two examples here, are created by receptionists, signed by the staff, and sent in an envelope for privacy.
The Institute for Family Health makes it a policy to provide all staff in their Psychosocial Services Department with training on suicide prevention. This document provides examples of IFH's regularly-offered trainings and the trainings required for each institutional role.
Community Counseling Center of Missouri invites clients to design caring contact cards through on-going contests. This collaboration with clients is designed to demonstrate provider care and reaffirm that lived experience matters to the Center.
This document outlines the standard operating procedure for suicide risk assessment at Centerstone of Tennessee. The document supports Centerstone's policy that all individuals be screened for suicide risk at every service contact during the course of treatment.
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