Suicide risk assessment worksheet

What is the theory behind this suicide risk assessment worksheet?

Suicide is a major issue everywhere. In addition to being tragic and upsetting, suicide has devastating long-term impacts on peers, friends, family, coworkers, and communities. There are various steps that can be performed to lower the risk of suicide and prevent suicide as well as suicide attempts.

How will the worksheet help?

One crucial step toward better risk management and, eventually, suicide prevention is the assessment of the suicide risk. This worksheet serves as a tool for learning about a client’s present suicidality and previous suicide attempts.

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used during sessions with the client. This worksheet provides required information regarding the client’s suicidal behavior that will be beneficial in the prevention of suicide.

Suicide risk assessment worksheet

Thoughts related to Suicide (content, frequency, duration)
Suicide Plan (briefly describe the plan)
Past suicidal attempts (describe briefly every attempt)
Triggering events 
Protective factors (social support, level of hope, coping skills, stress tolerance)


Choo, C. C., Harris, K. M., Chew, P. K. H., & Ho, R. C. (2019). Clinical assessment of suicide risk and suicide attempters’ self-reported suicide intent: A cross sectional study. PloS one, 14(7), e0217613. 

Youth outpatient brief suicide safety assessment worksheet. (n.d.). National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

You can download this worksheet here.

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