Suicide Risk Assessment

 

 

Characteristic

Possible Points

Score

S

Sex (male)

1

 

A

Age (< 19 or > 45 yrs)

1

 

D

Depression or hopelessness

2

 

P

Previous attempts or psychiatric care

1

 

E

Excessive alcohol or drug use

1

 

R

Rational thinking loss (eg psychotic)

2

 

S

Spouse (lack of a partner or significant other)

1

 

O

Organised or serious attempt

2

 

N

No social supports (no back up in the community)

1

 

S

Stated future intent or Sickness (chronic illness)

2

 
 

Total

   

 

Scoring

5 or less questionable outpatient treatment
6 or greater emergent psychiatric treatment/evaluation
> 9 psychiatric hospitalisation