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Low Suicide Risk
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Examples of low risk, passive suicidal ideation
Thoughts of death, no plan, intent or behaviour
Able to contract for safety, i.e. patient reports that they are agree to tell someone else if suicidal ideation worsens
Strong protective factors such as
Ability to cope with stress
Absence of psychosis
Responsibility to family such as children, pets, partners
Positive therapeutic relationships
Give the patient a list of local/national emergency information such as:
Local emergency departments
Local crisis lines
Local mental health walk-in clinics
Find your local crisis resources anywhere in Canada
The Canada Suicide Prevention Service
Provide handout on coping with suicidal thoughts
Coping with Suicidal Thoughts (Blisker, 2007)
Coping with Suicidal Thoughts (Vivyan, 2011)
In Ottawa, consider:
Mental Health Crisis Line for Adults, 613-722-6914 (within Ottawa), 1-866-996-0991 (Champlain LHIN)
In Ottawa, if you are with the Ottawa Hospital / Bruyere Academic Health Team, consider a referral to the Shared Mental Health Team
Suicide Assessment Five-step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T)
Mental Health Algorithms
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