Suicide Risk Assessment
Suicide risk assessment (Victoria)
The Victorian Department of Health & Human Services has produced a detailed series of guidelines, including suicide risk and Aboriginal people, which aim to help mental health services and clinicians to assess, manage and work with people who have made a suicide attempt or are at risk of taking their own lives. It includes practices and principles to aid assessment and manage people at risk.
- While there are guides available the ultimate decision in situations involving suicide and self-harm must be made by the attending clinician.
- It is important to take risk factors into account when dealing with potentially suicidal individuals.
- There are important principles for mental health staff to consider in the assessment and management of people at risk of suicide.
- Suicide risk assessment should always be followed by a comprehensive mental health status examination.