Suicide Risk Assessment Worksheet
Worksheet published on May 15th, 2023
It is always alarming when a client comes into your office and begins to express plans or thoughts about harming themselves. Therapists are responsible in such situations to do what they can to keep their clients safe. Having a plan of action for such situations helps a great deal with reducing stress and maximizing recovery for their clients.
We are trained as professionals to take all reports of suicidal ideation and behaviors of self-harm and suicide seriously. One step to properly handle a situation in which a client is struggling with suicidal ideation is to assess risk. For this step to be complete, the therapist will need to collect all of the information needed to effectively and safely assess the severity of the situation. This helps with safety planning and preparing for the next steps in the client’s care.
About This Worksheet
This is a Suicide Risk Assessment worksheet. This worksheet is a tool to use when you are confronted with a situation in which you are dealing with a client who has expressed suicidal ideation or self-harm.
On this worksheet, you are given areas to cover based on the client’s circumstances, like potential for acting on self-harm and suicidal ideation and the client’s protective factors. This worksheet is to be used with adolescents and adults who are expressing suicidal ideation.
This worksheet is to be filled out by the therapist with the client present. The therapist is to collect information needed to fill in the fields for each section of the worksheet.
It is the therapist’s responsibility to complete a thorough risk assessment. This worksheet is to be used as a tool to assess risk and should be used in conjunction with other risk assessment and safety planning materials, along with coordinating care as needed.