Pediatric health clinicians have unique opportunities to identify youth at risk for suicide and provide appropriate care and supports.

This section of the Blueprint provides a clinical pathway for addressing suicide prevention in pediatric practice: having a detailed process in place can help save time and resources when responding to a positive screen. The content below also outlines considerations for care delivery, common barriers, and strategies for integrating suicide prevention protocols into your health system.

Clinical Pathway

Clinical Pathways for Suicide Prevention
Evidence-based clinical pathways give guidance on how to manage patients who screen positive for suicide risk. Having a detailed process in place will save time and resources when responding to a positive screen.
Screening for Suicide Risk in Clinical Practice
Screening is a quick way to identify someone that needs further evaluation.
Conducting a Brief Suicide Safety Assessment
A Brief Suicide Safety Assessment helps you determine if it is safe to send the patient home, or whether there is a need for immediate intervention.
Caring for Patients at Imminent Risk of Suicide
How to care for patients at imminent risk of suicide in a clinical setting.
Caring for Patients Who Need Further Mental Health Evaluation
How to care for patients who need further mental health evaluation in a clinical setting.
Caring for Patients at Low Risk of Suicide
How to care for patients at low risk of suicide in a clinical setting.

Considerations for Care

Brief Interventions that Can Make a Difference in Suicide Prevention
Learn strategies for safety planning, lethal means safety counseling, and connecting families with additional resources.
How to Talk about Suicide Risk with Patients and their Families
Access sample counseling language, read tips on providing trauma-informed care, and learn strategies for navigating adolescent confidentiality and parental engagement.

Considerations for Health Systems

How to Prepare your Clinic or Health System for a Suicide Prevention Program
Tips for engaging leadership, training staff, and addressing common barriers to suicide prevention programs.
Launching your Clinic or Health System’s Suicide Prevention Program
Steps to take in order to successfully launch your suicide prevention program.
If a Patient in your Practice Dies by Suicide
Considerations for clinicians who have lost a patient to suicide.
Last Updated

02/18/2022

Source

American Academy of Pediatrics