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Suicide Prevention: Safety Planning with Henry Douglas


Henry Douglas has identified that he is thinking about suicide. He has already completed a risk assessment and agreed to seek treatment. As Henry’s health care provider, collaborate with him to build a safety plan that will help keep him safe.

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 is completed. Following the assessment and commitment to treatment, the clinician and patient can work together to create a safety plan. Developing an effective and individualized safety plan can make all the difference in keeping the patient supported and focused during the treatment process.


Social Work & Students


4 - 6

Average Time
per Session

30 - 45

Teaching Objectives:

  • Covering Safety Plan Topics
  • Creating an Effective Safety Plan
  • Developing a Collaborative Relationship

Included in Training:

  • A Training Guide with information on effectively building a safety plan with a client for their suicide ideations.
  • A Simulated Conversation with a varied character to prepare learners to address the different triggers a client faces when 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.


O’Brien, K., Quinlan, K., Humm, L., Cole, A., Hanita, M., Pires, W.J., Jacobs, A., & Goldstein Grumet, J. (in press). Effectiveness of a virtual patient simulation training on improving provider engagement in suicide safer care. Community Mental Health Journal. Read More