Health Care Providers

Approximately 70% of primary care medical visits are for psychological issues. Health care providers can play a critical role in suicide prevention. In the United States, primary care is many times a patient’s only source for mental health treatment.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Providers

A web-based toolkit that contains the information and tools needed to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices in primary care settings. The Toolkit includes sections on educating clinicians and office staff and developing mental health partnerships, as well as patient management tools and patient education tools.

Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) (Pocket Card)

Provides protocols for conducting a comprehensive suicide assessment, estimating suicide risk, identifying protective factors, and developing treatment plans and interventions responsive to the risk level of patients. Laminated SAFE-T cards are available from SAMHSA for free.

Emergency Department Health Care Providers

“Is Your Patient Suicidal?”

Information on recognizing and responding to acute suicide risk. The guide provides additional clinical guidance for ED personnel.

After an Attempt

Brochures regarding treatment and follow-up for those seen in an emergency department after a suicide attempt.

Lethal Means Counseling

Many suicide attempts are made impulsively during a short-term crisis period. If highly lethal means are made less available to impulsive attempters and they substitute less lethal means, or temporarily postpone their attempt, the odds are increased that they will survive. “Means reduction” (reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal means) is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Means Matter based out of the Harvard School of Public Health provides information on means restriction strategies and means counseling for providers.