Suicide Risk Assessment

If you become aware that someone is planning to suicide, find a professional (e.g. social worker, counsellor, psychologist, doctor) as soon as possible. The following questions will assist you in assessing the current risk level of suicide.

The Varying Degrees of Suicide Risk

Suicide Risk Frequency of Suicidal Thoughts Suicide Plans and Actions State of Depression Number/Magnitude of Risk Factors Protective Factors
Mild Not frequent, not intense, duration of suicidal thoughts short None Mild Few; Low-risk Numerous (e.g. good self-control and problem-solving skills available)
Moderate More frequent, more intense, longer duration of suicidal thoughts A rough plan has been outlined, but no action has been taken yet Moderate Some; Medium-risk Some
Substantial Frequent, intense, suicidal thoughts maintain for long periods of time A detailed plan has been formulated (e.g. method of suicide, listing the materials needed), but no action has been taken Severe Multiple; High-risk Few
Extremely Severe Frequent, intense, suicidal thoughts maintain for long periods of time A detailed plan has been formulated, and all necessary materials for the plan have been gathered. Strong intention to execute their plan Severe Numerous; Severe-risk None

If you believe they are in a life-threatening situation, please call or locate them as soon as possible, and immediately call the police (999) for help!

For more information on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, please refer to the Suicide Factors and Warnings