Updated: 17 October 2016
When suicide risk is identified, we need to work together with the young person, their family/whānau and other professionals to secure the immediate safety of the young person and then develop a robust plan to safely restore their wellbeing.
Risk may be identified when we are first involved with a child or young person, or they may become apparent for a child or young person at any time while we are working with them.
When a child or young person reports suicidal ideation or is identified at risk of suicide a suicide risk management plan is developed. This key information provides guidelines for the development of that plan.
Each child or young person will have specific needs and a context that informs their plan. The child or young person and, where appropriate, supportive family/whānau caregivers and other professionals are included in any planning. Consider the following:
Remember, even if a child or young person is already engaged with a mental health service in relation to a suicide attempt or concerns related to suicide ideation, a referral to Towards Wellbeing is still required so that a co-ordinated and planned approach for immediate and longer term support can be put into place.
Such professionals might include:
Our booklet 'Towards well-being: Responding to the needs of young people' (pages 56-58) also has useful prompts to consider.