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If you are a Veteran, patient or concerned family/friend in need of suicide prevention assistance, please call:

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press #1

The Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program (SRM) provides free education and resources that promote therapeutic best practices for community or VA providers working with Veterans at risk for suicide.

On this page, you will find useful resources in the following categories:

At any point in time, you are also welcome to schedule a free consultation with SRM experts to learn about these tools and how you can use them in your practice.

Clinical Tools

SRM provides clinical tools to assist providers in delivering therapeutic risk assessment and management. These resources are often discussed during consultation calls where we help apply them to a specific case or clinical question.

VA/DoD Suicide Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs)

The guideline describes the critical decision points in the management of suicidal self-directed violence and provides clear and comprehensive evidence-based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of patients with SRB.

Risk Stratification

Feel confident when evaluating and documenting a Veteran's level of risk of suicide. As a best practice, we recommend documenting both acute and chronic levels of risk. Learn more and download the Risk Stratification tool.

Download examples of how to document your risk stratification.

Risk-Benefit Analysis

SRM consultants commonly talk to providers who feel confident about their clinical decision making but are unsure of the best way to document it in the medical record. We recommend documenting a risk-benefit analysis. Accurate medical record documentation increases communication between a patient's caregivers and leads to more informed decision making.

For best practices and documentation strategies, download Risk-Benefit Analysis documentation examples.


Suicide risk assessment completed via clinical interview can be augmented with objective measures. Thorough assessment of protective factors, including reasons for living, is an important area to explore. SRM recommends using the reasons for living (RFL) inventory, a self-report questionnaire that measures clients' expectancies about the consequences of living versus suicide and assesses the importance of various reasons for living. Access the RFL Inventory.

Safety Planning During COVID-19

The current outbreak of COVID-19 may impact Veterans’ ability to engage in previously identified coping strategies on a Safety Plan. Learn more about ways to modify Safety Plans to be most effect in the context of COVID-19.


These trainings offer basic and advanced information relevant to Veteran suicide prevention.

SRM Lecture Series: Join us on the 2nd Wednesday each month for free CEUs.

CPG for Suicide Prevention Webinar Series

CPG for Suicide Prevention Webinar Series is offered free on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 12 ET. The purpose of this monthly series is to provide guidance on implementing the updated VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide (CPG). Earn free CEUs by pre-registering for each webinar.

Learn more about the CPG for Suicide Prevention Webinar Series

SAVE Training through PsychArmor

Developed in collaboration with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), this SAVE training strives to empower providers to play a vital role in suicide prevention. Training objectives include a greater understanding of suicide in the United States and how to identify and engage a Veteran at risk of suicide.

Learn about SAVE

Therapeutic Risk Management (TRM) of the Suicidal Patient

TRM is a clinically and medicolegally informed model for the assessment and management of suicide risk. SRM is founded in the principles of TRM.

Learn about TRM

Lethal Means Safety Counseling

Facilitating lethal means safety counseling is a key component to suicide prevention; these trainings offer information about lethal means that can be used to engage patients in a meaningful discussion about this important topic. CEU's are available for both VA and non-VA providers.

Learn about Lethal Means Safety Counseling

Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Cyberseminar Series

HSR&D Cyberseminar Series offers state-of-the-art training and special interest sessions, such as the Spotlight on Suicide Prevention series (search "Suicide Prevention" to find this series). CEU's are available if you register before the upcoming webinars.

Find upcoming and archived presentations