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.
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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.
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.
This free, online training from the New York State Office of Mental Health and Columbia University provides an overview of the instrument and teaches how and when to administer it in real world settings. Behavioral healthcare practitioners in New York State working in non-profit settings can receive a certificate of completion by completing the training through the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) Learning Community. Practitioners outside of New York State are not eligible to receive a certificate of completion.
Three versions of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale are available for use in clinical practice. The Lifetime/Recent version allows practitioners to gather lifetime history of suicidality as well as any recent suicidal ideation and/or behavior. The Since Last Visit version of the scale assesses suicidality since the patient’s last visit. The Screener version of the C-SSRS is a truncated form of the full version.
The PHQ-9 is used to diagnose and monitor the severity of depression. Question 9 screens for the presence and duration of suicide ideation.
This free, online course from the New York State Office of Mental Health and Columbia University describes the Safety Planning Intervention and how it can help individuals, explains when to work with individuals to create a safety plan, and describes the steps in creating a safety plan. Behavioral health care practitioners in New York State working in nonprofit settings can receive a certificate of completion by completing the course through the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) Learning Community. Practitioners outside of New York State are not eligible to receive a certificate of completion.
Centerstone of Tennessee developed this education sheet to explain to clients when they are being placed on the pathway to care, or suicide care management plan, and what that means.
This free, online course from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center is designed for people with training and experience in mental health counseling. It explains why means restriction is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and teaches how to ask suicidal patients/clients about their access to lethal means and to work with them and their families to reduce their access. Two hours of continuing education credit are available from the National Board for Certified Counselors and the National Association of Social Workers.
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