Health Professionals

Estimating the risk of suicide

Health professionals play an important part in suicide prevention through their role in estimating risk and assessing people for suicide intervention. A suicidal client can be challenging for health professionals, particularly if they do not regularly deal with such cases. This information should not replace specialised training, but may be a helpful resource for professionals...

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...