||Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal Policy
||Mandatory Policy MP 0074/17
|Date of issue:
||Wednesday, 13 December 2017
This policy relates to consumers of all ages who are under the care of public mental health services. It is applicable in some non-mental health settings such as Emergency Departments and general hospitals when a person has been accepted for care by a mental health service and there consequently exists a duty of care.
The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance to Health Service Providers about:
- how to respond to, assess and manage people who may be suicidal.
- risk and safety issues and promote the importance of viewing assessment as a continuous process to address changing circumstances.
- important principles in the development of local protocols, processes and guidelines to align with the values and objectives of the policy.
- the importance of developing and promoting a learning culture and ensuring that clinicians receive both training and practice based support in the multi-disciplinary, clinical environment to enhance recognition, assessment and management of suicide risk.
The policy also promotes:
- the development and use of Safety Plans and solutions that are primarily safety, rather than risk, focused, that are consumer/carer inclusive and recovery focused.
- the importance of clinicians discussing and seeking advice and opinion from consumers, carers and other professionals when assessing risk for suicide.
- Health Service Providers.
- Contracted Health Entities.
- Mental health clinicians.
- Clinicians in Emergency Departments and other non-mental health settings.
||Mental Health Policy Framework
|Period of effect:
||from 13 December 2017 to 13 December 2020
||13 December 2020
||Dr D.J. Russell-Weisz, Director General, Department of Health WA, 04-Dec-2017
This circular last updated: Thursday, 14 December 2017 at 9:44am