Risk assessment typically refers to the attempt to predict an individual’s general capacity and likelihood to attempt suicide or tendency to react to situations violently.
- Risk assessment requires directness, intentional questioning, and careful listening. The essential skills and conditions of counseling (empathy, reflections, restatements, attending, active listening, etc.) are important in suicide assessments and intervention.
- School personnel have a legal and ethical responsibility to recognize and respond to suicidal thinking and behavior. Schools must have clear policies and procedures for what to do, as well as trained school-employed mental health professionals and crisis response teams.
- School-based Suicide Risk Assessment, Prevention and Postvention
- Translated School Safety and Crisis Resources (Spanish)
- Individual Student Safety Plan
- Risk Assessment info from Counselortalk (Sept. 2017)
- Risk assessments and no-harm contracts are controversial practices in suicide prevention in school settings. The Centre for Suicide Prevention warns against no-harm contracts as over simplistic, giving school counselors a false sense of security.
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