Resources for

Mental Health Professionals

        This section includes Assessment and                Treatment, including Safety Planning. 

If you are not a mental health professional, know that some of the items may be profession-specific in language and jargon and might not be easily interpreted by persons outside of the mental health field.

Rights of Suicidal Individuals

ALCA Journal - Special Edition on Suicide

*Note - See second section on intervention with youth, adults, and older persons


Suicide Warning Signs Acronyms

Core Competencies for Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk

Suicide Assessment Form - very low risk to very high risk

FACT Warning Signs

Risk Factors for Suicide

Treatment and Care Management

Resources for Paper & Pencil Suicide Risk Assessment tools

Safety Plan Template

Safety Planning Quick Guide for Clinicians

Creating Suicide Safety in Schools

Safety Plan Sample with Notes for consideration

Core Competencies for Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk

Suicide and Mental Health Phone Apps


                                    Most mental health professionals

                                  are by now trained to use Safety Plans

                                 as contrasted with the old "no-harm                     contract."  

  If you are still using the "no-harm contract," it's time to get updated with the best practice recommended...Safety Plans are THE recommended practice.   Also, safety plans should be       customized for each individual client, and updated regularly         as long as suicide risk is present. 

        By the way, "no-harm contracts" do not protect you

            from liability.  Your liability may be increased if you

               are using a "no-harm contract" and not using a

                           safety plan

SAMHSA: TIP 50 Addressing Suicide in Substance Use Treatment Centers

Call Centers Phone Numbers

Phone Apps for Professionals and Concerned Persons

                       Assessment is rarely done  only one time.                                   Clinicians should monitor and assess risk levels                             continually. 


One should assess for Acute or Chronic Risk, and must be able to identify if the risk is none, low, moderate, moderately high, or high. 

 Imagine someone entering detox care for a substance use disorder.  The risk may be high and acute at this time.  That individual may also, upon several months of sobriety, be clear- thinking, only to realize the impact and devastation of the addiction.  Suicide risk can become acutely high once again with new perspective and insight on the long term tem toll of            addiction on family, life, and resrouces. 

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If you need help or are having thoughts of suicide, please get help immediately by contacting:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1.800.273.8255