This is not only assessing the risk of self harm/suicide but also whether the patient poses a risk to other members of the public

1. Assessment of risk of self harm

2. Assessment of risk of harm to others

** This serious matter should be dealt with using a sensitive manner.**

Note any PROTECTIVE FACTORS for suicide:

These are factors that would prevent a person from committing suicide

** A complete and up to date risk assessment must be documented clearly in a patient's notes. **

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