Suicide Risk Screening
When screening for mental health, including depression and suicide, it is critical that access to firearms is addressed. Firearm suicide attempts, despite making up less than 10% of total suicide attempts, account for over half of all suicide deaths. Firearm-related suicide attempts are by far the deadliest method of suicide, with around 90% of attempts being fatal. Furthermore, nearly half of those who die by suicide are seen by a health care provider in the weeks preceding their death. Identifying patients who may be at risk for suicide–and whether they have access to firearms–is a critical life saving measure and the first step in preventing suicide.
These clinical resources provide a number of guidelines, sample questions, and checklists when screening patients for access to firearms and suicide risk.
Resource on the risk and protective factors of suicide, and resources for clinicians and organizations on how to decrease suicide risk.
This guide discusses steps emergency care providers can take to ensure patients at risk for suicide receive a continuity of care once discharged.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
If you are experiencing a crisis, please text or call 988.
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