Public domain tool could reduce suicide risk

Suicidal thoughts don’t need to be fatal to be serious, says an Australian psychologist who has spent five years developing a new mental health test.

Queensland researcher Dr Keith Harris believes his Suicidal Affect-Behaviour-Cognition Scale (SABCS) is a more accurate predictor of suicidality than other methods, and has the potential to save lives.

He says there are countless suicide risk assessments, “some of them very well-publicised but very poorly formatted or validated”.

But he and colleagues write in PLOS One that their three