Year: 2008 Source: Washington, DC: United States Department of Veterans Affairs, (2008). 20p. SIEC No: 20110002

This manual describes a brief clinical intervention, safety planning, that can serve as a valuable adjunct to risk assessment & may be used with veterans who have attempted suicide, have suicide ideation, have psychiatric disorders that increase suicide risk, or who are otherwise determined to be at high risk for suicide. The purpose of the manual is to provide a detailed description of how clinicians & patients may collaboratively develop & use safety plans as an intervention strategy. This approach is consistent with the Recovery Model, which views veterans as collaborators in their treatment, & fosters empowerment, hope, & individual potential. (8 refs.) JA

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