Suicide Risk

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide

Suicide Risk Clinical Support Tools

Provider Tools

  • Safety Plan Worksheet: Brief Instructions for Providers (2020)
    Printable worksheet with step-by-step instructions, designed to help providers guide patients through the collaborative process of completing the patient Safety Plan Worksheet
  • Lethal Means Counseling: Recommendations for Providers (2020)
    Provider factsheet with information on how to counsel patients at risk for suicide on reducing their access to lethal means, as well as helpful firearm means safety recommendations and provider resources
  • Suicide Risk Provider Pocket Guide* (2019)
    A concise overview of guidelines and decision aids for primary and specialty care providers related to identification, evaluation, and management of patients at acute risk of suicide

Patient Tools

  • Safety Plan Worksheet (2020)
    Printable worksheet, designed to enable health care provider and patient to collaboratively identify a patient’s stressful triggers, warning signs, sources of support, coping strategies and ways to access health care and crisis assistance
  • Safety Plan Worksheet (digital version) (2020)
    Digital version of the Safety Plan Worksheet, designed to be saved electronically, enabling patients and providers to access it via their digital devices and update as needed
  • Crisis Response Plan (2020)
    Printable, collaborative safety planning tool for trained providers and their patients to create a dynamic plan to reduce patient risk for suicidal behavior

Family Tool

Leader Tool

FDA Warning/Regulatory Alert

  • This guideline references a drug(s) for which important revised regulatory and/or warning information has been released since completion of the guideline.
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*Created by the Department of Veterans Affairs