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Suicide Prevention: Assessing Risk with Taye Banks


Taye Banks identified that she is thinking about suicide on a screening questionnaire at a health clinic. As Taye's health care provider, talk with her to understand the circumstances that have led her suicide ideation and assess her risk of attempting suicide.

Suicide is a significant public health issue that results in many deaths in the United States. Almost 83% of people who died by suicide also accessed the healthcare system within 12 months of their death. This makes clinicians a critical piece in the suicide prevention process. When a patient presents signs of suicide ideation, a suicide assessment must be completed to confirm suspected suicide risk and estimate the immediate danger to a patient. Effective screening for suicide risk can make all the difference in providing patients with the proper support to keep them safe.


Social Work & Students


4 - 6

Average Time
per Session

30 - 45

Teaching Objectives:

  • Documenting an Assessment Conversation and Identifying Next Steps
  • Covering Assessment Topics
  • Developing a Collaborative Relationship

Included in Training:

  • A Training Guide with information on identifying and assessing a patient's risk of suicide.
  • A Simulated Conversation with a varied character to prepare learners for the different needs of a patient thinking of suicide.
  • Comprehensive Feedback during and after each play to help guide skill development.

This training was developed in collaboration with The Institute for Family Health and Education Development Center (EDC) with funding from The National Institutes of Health (Grant Number: #R44 MH114710). To read more about EDC's Zero Suicide Initiative visit: Zero Suicide EDC

This training can be purchased as a part of the Suicide Prevention Training Suite. Please visit Suicide Prevention Suite for more information.


McManama O'Brien, K. H., Fuxman, S., Humm, L., Tirone, N., Jay Pires, W., Cole, A., & Goldstein Grumet, J. (2019). Suicide risk assessment training using an online virtual patient simulation. MHealth: A Journal for Research, Validation, and Discussion of Mobile Technology, Digital Health, and Medicine, Vol 5. Read More