Information and resources to help social workers to be vigilant and responsive to potential suicide risk.
Young people we work with often have a complex mix of issues, so it’s important we’re vigilant and responsive to potential suicide risk. A recent review identified two relatively distinct groups of young people at risk of committing suicide:
The Practice Centre outlines the various 'points' at which require an appropriate screen or assessment should be applied.
Knowing the risk factors, triggers and indicators of self harm reminds us to be vigilant to this risk when assessing the safety of a young person. The practice centre outlines a list of risk factor, triggers and indicators to be aware of:
It is critical that we look for, recognise and act on signals that a child or young person may be at risk of self harm, suicide, alcohol or drug abuse or psychological distress. The practice centre has information about sicide risk screening and assessment, including question prompts that can be asked directly to the young person:
The Towards Wellbeing (TWB) suicide risk assessment and monitoring programme has proven effective in reducing the risk of suicide. Towards Wellbeing is a suite of practice tools (see above) and monitoring programme.
The TWB monitoring programme is delivered by Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA) who employs TWB Clinical Advisors. These advisors:
Contact the TWB programme: email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the TWB clinical advisor in your area.
Additional TWB information on the practice centre includes the TWB manual and key information for supervisors, including an outline of their role.
When suicide risk is identified, we need to work together with the young person, their whānau and other professionals to secure the immediate safety of the young person and then develop a robust plan to safely restore their wellbeing.
When suicide risk is identified includes: