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image of two hands holding a lightbulbThe Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has partnered with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to help healthcare workers and organizations select and compare available suicide risk assessment tools in Canada.

For every death by suicide, 15-30 people are profoundly affected - this toolkit can help inform and strengthen the suicide risk assessment process.

The Suicide Risk Assessment Toolkit seeks to provide a high-level overview of what to consider when using suicide risk assessment tools, along with a non-exhaustive list of available Canadian and international tools, and their characteristics. It is designed to be a quick, informative guide for healthcare workers and organizations interested in selecting and comparing such tools. The process of assessing suicide risk is complex. While assessment tools play an important role, they should be used to inform, not replace, clinical judgment.

Use this toolkit, developed by CPSI and MHCC, to help you select/compare tools to complement the suicide risk assessment process. 

(publication January 26, 2021)

For a more comprehensive guide to suicide risk assessment, including the role of healthcare workers and organizations, see Suicide Risk Assessment Guide: A Resource for Health Care Organizations.

(publication 2011)

We acknowledge the need to have suicide risk assessment tools that are truly inclusive and are based on principles of equity and diversity. We encourage you to seek out opportunities to engage with diverse peoples, including First Nations, Inuit, Métis, people who identify as 2SLQBTQ+, and immigrant, refugee, ethnocultural and racialized groups in order to understand and respond to their specific needs.  

Sponsored by: The Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Production of this toolkit has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)