Health Professionals

Estimating the risk of suicide

A suicidal client can be challenging for health professionals, particularly if they do not regularly deal with such cases. When a person is suicidal, their management first requires an assessment of risk, followed by appropriate intervention to minimise any risk.

Completing a risk assessment

Risk assessments are critical in determining the level of suicidal intent, plans and availability of means of a suicidal client. While there aren’t definite criteria to help a clinician choose between inpatient and outpatient care of a suicidal patient, the presence of a plan, access to lethal means and a time-frame, generally indicates that the...

Accessing support for clients at risk

Once a risk assessment is complete, you can then determine the next steps in accessing support for your client. Some questions to consider may include: How can I increase this person’s safety? Does this person need to be hospitalised? Who else does this person see as being helpful and trustworthy? Who can I involve in...