Resources by Topic: Screening Tools

High School

These screening tools should only be administered by a health professional and responses to self-report screens should be reviewed with the patient. Prior to administering a screen for suicide risk, the health care professional should be ready to implement a safety plan if the person being screened indicates high suicidal ideation or a suicide plan.

Slide Sets and Presentations

The following selection of slide sets and presentations can be downloaded for use by the general public. Please see individual annotations for more information about a particular set of slides and recommended audience.

  1. Screening and Assessment Resources from the Suicide Prevention Research Center
    There are numerous helpful links on this webpage for suicide screening from teens to elders. Noteworthy material include "Assessment of Suicide: Tips for Counselors"; "Depression in Children and Adolescents: Information for parents and educators"; "Youth Suicide Behavior Prevention and Intervention"; and "Screening Tools for Suicide Prevention". There are several downloadable PDFs for slide sets, tip sheets, brochures, and other materials related to suicide screening. Resources each have a brief description, and many have a defined target audience listed in the title.
    This is appropriate for all levels.
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  1. Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
    The C-SSRS is an interview that assesses occurrences, types, and severity of suicidal ideation and behavior, including intent and medical lethality of suicide attempts. It is a widely used suicide risk assessment interview.
    This is appropriate for all levels.
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  2. Hopelessness Scale for Children
    The Hopelessness Scale for Children is a 17-item self-report instrument designed for children and adolescents and based on the Beck Hopelessness Scale. It is widely used in studies of suicidality in children and adolescents and uses true/false question format. (HPLS; Kazdin et al., 1986). Please consult your institution for accessing scholarly articles related to this.
    Appropriate for those working with children and adolescents.
  3. Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
    This screening tool is a quick resource designed to determine if a patient has depression. This tool includes nine questions and relies on patient self-reporting.
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  4. The Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised (SBQ-R)
    The SBQ-R assesses four dimensions of suicide: Lifetime suicide ideation and/or suicide attempt, frequency of suicide ideation, threat of suicide attempt, and likelihood of future suicidal behavior.
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Courses and Training Materials

This section includes a variety of material about suicide prevention courses and trainings. For the high school level, selected material consists of workshops and online modules. At the college and graduate levels, there is material on suicide prevention, as well as on related topics, such as risk factors, depression, and mental illness. Also listed are course syllabi from professors who presently include suicide prevention in their courses. The section for care providers is recommended for clinicians and health care providers of all types.

  1. Mental Health First Aid
    Mental Health First Aid offers trainings designed to provide information on depression, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Participants will receive instructions on ways to help a person developing a mental health disorder or in a crisis. Local courses are offered throughout the state of Rhode Island, and include regular training classes and train the trainer courses.
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  2. QPR Institute: QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
    QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, three steps taught during this course that can help prevent suicide. QPR is an emergency response to someone who is in crisis and needs an immediate intervention. Both individuals and organizations can enroll in this training. When the course is completed, participants are prepared to teach QPR to others.
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  3. Signs of Suicide Prevention Program
    The SOS Signs of Suicide Program for secondary schools, is described as a program of mental health screening and suicide prevention, which can be implemented by school social workers during one or two school periods.
    This is a good resource for high school educators; SOS is a school-wide suicide prevention program designed for high schools
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Below are listed the homepages for national suicide prevention organizations. These websites contain information for targeted as well as general audiences.

  1. Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
    This website provides information on National Depression Screening Day. Users can enter a state to find screening locations. The site also provides information on a variety of mental health disorders that are risk factors for suicide, such as depression, bipolar disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, PTSD, alcohol and eating disorders.
    This is appropriate for all audiences.
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  2. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Suicide Assessment
    Multiple downloads are available on this website. There is an assessment and screening document which provides guidelines on the process of assessment in children and adolescents as well as information on research and interventions.
    This resource is appropriate for high school educators.
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  3. University of Michigan Depression Center
    The University of Michigan Depression center provides useful information regarding mental health disorders and suicide.
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