GP tool to assess suicide risk

A NEW, free suicide risk assessment tool available to GPs is designed to better capture the spectrum of suicidality and predict future suicidal behaviour.

Dr Keith Harris (PhD), adjunct senior fellow at the University of Queensland’s school of psychology, began developing the Suicidal Affect-Behaviour-Cognition Scale (SABCS) after four of his colleagues ended their own lives within one year.

Most other tools don’t capture affect, or the feeling of wanting to die, instead focusing on behaviour and cognition, he says.

But affect plays an important part in assessing someone’s future suicidality,