National Suicide Prevention Hotline

For Mental Health Professionals

Suicidal Risk Assessment Tools

There are many tools out there for assessing the risk of suicidal thoughts in another or in yourself. Some of the them are short, meant to be administered as quickly as possible before more rigorous assessment is conducted, and some of the resources below are more comprehensive.

Risk Factors & Warning Signs

While there is no definitive list of suicidal behaviors, some characteristics are more likely to appear in someone planning on attempting suicide. These resources were compiled with the idea that, if individuals were more aware of some of the factors and warning signs, then we all might stand a better chance at preventing the next suicide.

I'm Suicidal

If you are contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

We have compiled these resources in an attempt to provide reassurance and general information to those who feel that they are in crisis.

Suicide Safety Plans

Suicide safety plans are an integral part of ensuring that a suicidal individual has a support system in place to prevent them from completing. The following resources have been compiled to educate those contemplating suicide and outside support on how best to make a safety plan and what needs to be included in any good safety plan.

Other Ways to Help

Beyond creating a suicide safety plan, there are other alternative ways in which outside individuals can help someone contemplating suicide. These resources were compiled in an effort to educate others on these varying methods.

Community Resources

Sometimes, it takes a village, and that’s okay. Having a strong community of support around suicidal individuals can sometimes be the deciding factor. These resources were compiled to provide community resources to hopefully prevent the next suicide.

TitleFile TypeDescription
Be The One To...External LinkA website full of suicide prevention resources and personal stories from suicide survivors
Rights of Suicidal IndividualsPDFA document explaining what rights individuals have who experience suicidal thoughts
Canadian Toolkit Suicide Prevention PrimerPDFSuicide Prevention Primer: Facts and Myths about Suicide
ALCA Journal on SuicidePDFThe Alabama Counseling Journal which contains information about suicide prevention and intervention in different age groups.
Assessing & Managing Suicide RiskPDFA framework for learning and gaining skills when it comes to work with individuals who are at as risk for suicide
Community Resource Suggestions ListPDFA list of community resources that center around healthcare, mental health and substance abuse.
Best Practices for Preventing Suicide in SchoolsPDFA protocol for developing suicide safety plans within school settings
Suicide Assessment Five-step Evaluation and TriagePDFSuicide Assessment that includes Five-step Evaluation and Triage
Canadian Toolkit Suicide Prevention PrimerPDFA suicide prevention toolkit for those whom are over the age of 65 and considered seniors.
Crisis Line Resource ListPDFA list of crisis resources
Apps for ParentsPDFA fact sheet about different apps that can be used by parents to monitor a child's technology to increase safety
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/09/health/suicide-contagion-explainer/External LinkNews article that shows the process in which the suicide of one person or multiple people can contribute to a rise in suicidal behaviors among others, especially those who already have suicidal thoughts or a known risk factor for suicide.
Suicide Risk Assessment AcronymsPDFSuicide Risk Assesment Acronyms for in-session inquiry
Suicide Assessment FormPDFForm that aids in the assesment of suicide.
Suicide Assessment FormPDFA list of suicide warning signs that can aid in prevention
Risk Factors for SuicidePDFDemographic information and common single predictors for persons who may have susceptibilty towards suicide.
Resource List of Suicide Risk AssessmentsPDFResource list of suicide risk assesments that can be used
Suicide Safety Plan SamplePDFA sample of a suicide safety plan
Suicide Safety Plan SamplePDFA template for planning suicide safety
Safety Planning Quick Guide for CliniciansPDFA guide for clinicians that demonstrates safety planning
SAMHSA Tip 50 Suicide & Substance AbusePDFA treatment inprovement protocol for addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors in substance abuse treament facilities
After a Suicide in the WorkplaceA guide fo suicide postvention in the workplace for those In managerial positions