Sentinel Event Alert 56: Detecting and treating suicide ideation in all settings

Date: 2016
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)
Guidelines Resources


Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  The Joint Commission
Publisher:  The Joint Commission

This sentinel event alert is intended to help organizations that provide both inpatient and outpatient care better identify and treat individuals with suicide ideation. The alert replaces two previous alerts on suicide (issues 46 and 7). It covers suicide ideation detection, as well as screening, risk assessment, safety, treatment, discharge, and follow-up care of at-risk individuals. It also includes suggested actions for educating staff, keeping health care environments safe, and documenting care.

Settings:  Health Care, Primary Care, Emergency Departments, Behavioral Health Care, Outpatient Mental Health, Inpatient Mental Health
Planning and Implementing:  Education and Training
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Screening and Assessment, Effective Care/Treatment, Treatment, Safety Planning, Health Systems Change, Care Transitions/Linkages