The Victorian Department of Health & Human Services has produced a detailed series of guidelines, including suicide risk and Aboriginal people, which aim to help mental health services and clinicians to assess, manage and work with people who have made a suicide attempt or are at risk of taking their own lives. It includes practices and principles to aid assessment and manage people at risk.
While there are guides available the ultimate decision in situations involving suicide and self-harm must be made by the attending clinician.
It is important to take risk factors into account when dealing with potentially suicidal individuals.
There are important principles for mental health staff to consider in the assessment and management of people at risk of suicide.
Suicide risk assessment should always be followed by a comprehensive mental health status examination.
Guidelines for best practice psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts (NT)