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Suicide Risk Assessment:Toolkit and Guide 

For every death by suicide, 15 to 30 people are profoundly affected by the loss. HEC has partnered with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to help healthcare workers and organizations select and compare available suicide risk assessment tools in Canada. 

The Suicide Risk Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit was published on January 26, 2021. It seeks to provide a high-level overview of what to consider when using suicide risk assessment tools, along with a non-exhaustive list of available tools and their characteristics, internationally and in Canada. 

It is designed to be a quick, informative guide for healthcare workers and organizations interested in selecting and comparing such tools. The process of assessing suicide risk is complex. While assessment tools play an important role, they should be used to inform, not replace, clinical judgment. 

Download the toolkit

For a more comprehensive guide to suicide risk assessment, including the role of healthcare workers and organizations, see Suicide Risk Assessment Guide: A Resource for Health Care Organizations.  

Download the guide (publication 2011) 

We acknowledge the need for suicide risk assessment tools that are truly inclusive and are based on principles of equity and diversity. We encourage you to seek out opportunities to engage with diverse peoples, including First Nations, Inuit, Métis, people who identify as 2SLQBTQ+, and immigrant, refugee, ethnocultural and racialized groups in order to understand and respond to their specific needs.  

Sponsored by: Healthcare Excellence Canada and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Production of this toolkit has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. 

Mental health commission of Canada