Resources for Health Care Providers
On average, 45% of people who die by suicide in the U.S. visited their primary care physician within a month of their death. In Washington County, that number is 69%, with 49% seeing a doctor within just two weeks of their death. These alarming numbers provide us with important information for where to focus our prevention efforts. We encourage health care providers to download a helpful toolkit created by Deschutes County.
Additional resources for physical and behavioral health care providers:
One of the most commonly used suicide risk assessment utilized is the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) and can be used with ages 12 and up. Both behavioral health clinicians and those not formally trained in behavioral health can learn how to use the C-SSRS.
The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (asQ) is most commonly utilized in medical settings such as an emergency room and can be used for patients ages 10-21.
Training videos featured on the asQ:
- Produced by Children’s Mercy Kansas City Hospital specifically for nurses
- Ted Abernathy and Scott Keel are physicians and produced this video
- Mayo Clinic- What to Say and Not Say
Safety Plans: The most commonly used safety plan is the Stanley – Brown. You can also find more information about safety planning for clinicians here. There are several Android and Apple phone apps that also can serve to build a safe plan and are more likely to be used by youth and young adults. Search for "suicide safety plan" in your App store.