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Suicide Assessment

worksheet

Working with a client at increased risk of suicidality requires empathy, regular assessment, and continual awareness of their risk and protective factors.

The Suicide Risk Assessment is a tool for gathering information about a client’s current suicidality and past suicide attempts. This two-page handout covers the following areas:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Plan
  • Means
  • Protective factors
  • Previous attempts

The open-ended nature of the assessment can help the client have an honest conversation, allowing for more detailed responses and a more accurate risk assessment. Note that this assessment is not diagnostic and cannot predict whether a client will attempt suicide.