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Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide (2013)

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This guideline references a drug(s) for which important revised regulatory and/or warning information has been released since completion of the CPG.


Image of Suicidal Risk Behavior GuidelineThe guideline describes the critical decision points in the management of Suicidal Risk Behavior (SRB) for suicidal self-directed violent behavior and provides clear and comprehensive evidence-based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of patients with SRB.

Disclaimer:This Clinical Practice Guideline is intended for use only as a tool to assist a clinician/healthcare professional and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.

About the CPG Guideline Links Related Guidelines
The guideline is formatted as three clinical algorithms and modules, with annotations:
  • Algorithm A
    - Assessment and Management of Risk for Suicide in Primary Care
  • Algorithm B
    - Evaluation and Management of Risk for Suicide by Behavioral Health Providers
  • Algorithm C
    - Management of Patient at High Acute Risk for Suicide
Questions about the SRB Guideline
Patients at Risk for Suicide
- Full Guideline (2013)
Patients at Risk for Suicide
- Pocket Guide (2013)
Patients at Risk for Suicide
- Summary (2013)
Patients at Risk for Suicide
- Patient Safety Plan Worksheet (2014)

Providers and Patients complete Safety Plan together
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Bipolar Disorder in Adults (BD)
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other Links
A Guide for Military & VA Families
Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings