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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Suicide Risk Assessment Standards

Following SAMHSA-funded evaluations that indicated the need for more consistent, uniform suicide risk assessment practices for crisis call centers, Lifeline assembled its Standards, Training & Practices Subcommittee (STPS). STPS developed evidence-informed Suicide Risk Assessment Standards and the Lifeline adopted these standards as policy, and verified full network membership adherence with these standards. The Suicide Risk Assessment Standards focus on four core principles: Suicidal Desire, Suicidal Capability, Suicidal Intent and Buffers along with the subcomponents for each.