Once the screening is complete and we believe a person displays suicide-related manifestations (MAAS), we can proceed with managing the suicidal episode. This step consists of two interdependent aspects:

  • Assessing the danger of a suicidal act
  • Intervening to ensure safety, decrease danger, reduce suicidal ideation and distress

Together, these elements allow to adapt the intervention to the actual danger and distress experienced by the person.

Management of the suicidal episode is done by professionals trained in the use of clinical tools and working in a team.

Icone outilsThe Suicide Prevention Plan – Episode (SPP-E) is usfeul for collecting relevant information when managing a suicidal episode.

You can also download the document Managing the suicidal episode.

Four steps for managing a suicidal episode

Managing a suicidal episode involves four steps:

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