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Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire (SBQ-R)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2001
This screening tool assesses suicide-related thoughts and behaviors.
Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Suicidal Behavior
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2001
These guidelines review what is known about the epidemiology, causes, management, and prevention of suicide and attempted suicide in young people. Detailed guidelines are provided concerning the assessment and emergency management of the children and adolescents who present with suicidal behavior. The guidelines also present suggestions on how clinicians can interface with the community
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Suicidal Behaviors
American Psychiatric Association, 2003
This practice guideline consists of three parts: Assessment, Treatment and Risk Management Recommendations, Background Information and Review of Available Evidence and Future Research Needs. A quick reference guide is also available.
Suicidality in Adolescents Being Treated with Antidepressant Medications and the Black Box Label
The Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2005   
The FDA has required manufacturers to include a “black box” warning label on antidepressants that alerts health care providers and consumers to an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and adolescents being treated with these medications. This position paper urges a balanced approach to the treatment of depression in adolescents.

Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Adolescents
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007
This report updates the previous statement of the AAP and is intended to assist the pediatrician in the identification and management of the adolescent at risk of suicide. The extent to which pediatricians provide appropriate care for suicidal adolescents depends on their knowledge, skill, comfort with the topic, and ready access to appropriate community resources.
Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2008
The C-SSRS is a questionnaire used for suicide assessment. It is available in 114 country-specific languages. Mental health training is not required to administer the C-SSRS. Various professionals can administer this scale, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, peer counselors, coordinators, research assistants, high school students, teachers and clergy.
Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviors Guidelines
Headspace, 2004-2014
This list of authoritative guidelines provides evidence-based information about the practical treatment of self-harm and suicidal behaviors.
Self-Harm Guidance
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2015
This resource by NICE, which gives national guidance and advice to improve health and social care, provides guidance, guidelines, and advice for self-harm as well as useful pathways to care. 


The goal of the AHRQ-funded project, Youth Providers 2.0 (YP2.0), is to improve the use of evidence-based practices among health care providers caring for adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this goal, SAHM will engage in a number of activities using new media to improve the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) to health professionals.

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