Year: 2014 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.(2014).44(4):420Ð431. DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12065 SIEC No: 20140548

The purpose of the Suicide Risk Assessment is to identify risk and protective factors that then provide the data for the formulation of suicide risk. The suicide risk formulation (SRF) assigns a level of suicide risk that ideally leads to triage and treatment deemed appropriate for that level of risk. Some of the problems with the SRA are explored here, with an emphasis on addressing the over reliance on communicated suicide ideation, and recommendations are made for improvements.