Created by the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH), the Late Life Suicide Prevention Toolkit is an educational program developed for use by front-line providers, medical and mental health care clinicians, and health care trainees. It focuses on how to identify suicide warning signs, establish rapport and assess suicide risk and resiliency factors, and manage immediate and ongoing risk for suicide among older adults. The Toolkit contains:
Suicide Assessment & Prevention for Older Adults: Life Saving Tools for Health Care Providers DVD
PowerPoint presentation (57 slides)
Facilitator’s Guide (19 pages)
Suicide Assessment & Prevention for Older Adults clinician pocket card
CCSMH National Guidelines for Seniors’ Mental Health: The Assessment of Suicide Risk and Prevention of Suicide
The toolkit is based on CCSMH’s National Guidelines on the Assessment of Suicide Risk and Prevention of Suicide in Older Adults (Canada’s first ever interdisciplinary, evidence-based guideline on the topic). Focus groups with health care providers, educators, family members, and older adults provided input on the core elements of the toolkit. CCSMH staff led a volunteer committee of clinicians, researchers and academics, community agencies/organizations, and family and advocacy groups to create a knowledge translation tool based on the original evidence-based guideline for the assessment of risk and prevention of suicide in older adults.