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Suicide & Self-Harm

Psychology Tools Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Worksheets For Self-Harm

Assessment measures

  • Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) | Posner, Brent, Lucas, Gould, Stanley, Brown, Fisher, Zelazny, Burke, Oquendo, Mann | 2008
    • Scale download archived copy
    • Scale download  archived copy
    • Posner, K., Brent, D., Lucas, C., Gould, M., Stanley, B., Brown, G., … & Mann, J. (2008). Columbia-suicide severity rating scale (C-SSRS). New York, NY: Columbia University Medical Center.
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Assessment Tool (NSSI-AT) | Whitlock, Exner-Cortens, Purington | 2014
  • Self-Injurious Thoughts And Behaviors Interview (SITBI) | Nock, Holmberg, Photos, Michel | 2007
    • SITBI – Long form download archived copy
    • SITBI – Short form download archived copy
    • Scale – Long form download archived copy
    • Nock, M. K., Holmberg, E. B., Photos, V. I. , & Michel, B. D. (2007). The Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors Interview: Development, reliability, and validity in an adolescent sample. Psychological Assessment, 19, 309-317.
  • Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire – Revised (SBQ-R) | Osman, Bagge, Gutierrez, Konick, Kopper, Barrios | 2001
    • Scale download  archived copy
    • Osman, A., Bagge, C. L., Gutierrez, P. M., Konick, L. C., Kopper, B. A., & Barrios, F. X. (2001). The Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised (SBQ-R): validation with clinical and nonclinical samples. Assessment8(4), 443-454.


  • Assessment of suicide risk in people with depression: clinical guide | Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford   download archived copy
  • Suicide risk assessment guide | Veterans Association download archived copy
  • Suicide risk assessment guide | Canadian Patient Safety Institute download archived copy
  • Suicide assessment fact sheet | American Counseling Association   download archived copy

Information for professionals

  • Self-harm, suicide, and risk: a summary | Royal College of Psychiatrists | 2010 download archived copy
  • Assessment and treatment of patients with suicidal behaviors: practice guideline | American Psychiatric Association, Jacobs, Baldessarini, Conwell, Fawcett, Horton, Meltzer, Pfeffer, Simon | 2003 download archived copy
  • Assessing and treating suicidal behaviors: a quick reference guide | American Psychiatric Association | 2003 download archived copy
  • Risk and protective factors for suicide and suicidal behavior: fact sheet | American Psychological Association Working Group on Suicide Risk Assessment Resources download archived copy
  • Self-harm and suicidality | Janina Fischer download archived copy


  • The truth about self-harm: for young people and their friends and families | Mental Health Foundation   download  archived copy
  • Alternatives to self-harm and distraction techniques | Royal College Of Psychiatrists download
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  • Self-harm: the ‘secret’ self | SANE download archived copy
  • Deliberate self-harm and suicide fact sheet | Living Is For Everyone download archived copy
  • Help is at hand: a resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death | Hawton, Simkin | 2010 download archived copy

Self-Injury basics, myths, and facts


Detection, intervention and treatment





Parenting strategies and self-injury

  • Using the interpersonal theory of suicide to guide risk assessment, crisis management, and intervention with suicidal clients | Van Orden | 2013 download archived copy
  • Brown, G. K., & Jager-Hyman, S. (2014). Evidence-based psychotherapies for suicide prevention: future directions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine47(3), S186-S194 download  archived copy
  • Comtois, K. A., & Linehan, M. M. (2006). Psychosocial treatments of suicidal behaviors: A practice‐friendly review. Journal of clinical psychology62(2), 161-170 download  archived copy
  • Joiner, T. (2007). Why people die by suicide. Harvard University Press.
  • Rudd, M. D., Berman, A. L., Joiner, T. E., Nock, M. K., Silverman, M. M., Mandrusiak, M., … & Witte, T. (2006). Warning signs for suicide: Theory, research, and clinical applications. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 36(3), 255-262 download archived copy
  • Sheard, T., Evans, J., Cash, D., Hicks, J., King, A., Morgan, N., … & Slinn, R. (2000). A CAT‐derived one to three session intervention for repeated deliberate self‐harm: A description of the model and initial experience of trainee psychiatrists in using it. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 73(2), 179-196.
  • Stanley, B., & Brown, G. K. (2012). Safety planning intervention: a brief intervention to mitigate suicide risk. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice19(2), 256-264 download  archived copy
  • Van Orden, K. A., Witte, T. K., Cukrowicz, K. C., Braithwaite, S. R., Selby, E. A., & Joiner Jr, T. E. (2010). The interpersonal theory of suicide. Psychological Review, 117(2), 575 download

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