One critical step toward preventing death by suicide is promoting and performing thorough suicide risk assessments that fully evaluate the likelihood of a patient committing acts of self-harm or suicide by using any of the following tools and techniques:
Develop communicative, therapeutic relationships with patients
The last thing anyone suffering from mental distress wants is to be judged, cast out, or neglected. By providing their patients with an emotionally safe and supportive environment, psychiatric nurses can build trusting relationships that may improve the effectiveness of interventions, as patients may be more open to evidence-based discussions regarding their suicidal motivations, thoughts, and beliefs. Through these discussions, the psychiatric nurse can demonstrate the validity of the patient’s psychological pain and better convey hope that the patient has the power to eliminate that pain through treatment.