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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention

Updated: 29 June 2016

We'd Like Your Feedbck

If you have used the Self-Directed Violence Classification System (SDVCS) we'd like you to complete a short survey so we can make the tool better. We'd like to know how the SDVCS has been used, who is using them and what would make them better. Please take the Self-Directed Violence Classification System (SDVCS) survey from SurveyMonkey, it is confidential.

Self-Directed Violence (SDV)
Classification System and Clinical Toolkit

The field of Suicidology has long struggled with the lack of a universally agreed upon definition for suicide and associated terms. Synonymous with the word suicide is the term self-directed violence. A shared understanding of self-directed violence (SDV) in its various forms is critical. The VA has adopted a system that is consistent with the CDC SELF-DIRECTED VIOLENCE SURVEILLANCE UNIFORM: Definitions and Recommended Data Elements.

A two-page handout of the Self-Directed Violence Classification System is available for download.

Also available for download is the Clinical Tool (CT). The Clinical Tool was created to aid clinician decision-making by facilitating rapid SDVCS term identification using a decision-tree model.

Feature Story

Self-Directed Violence Nomenclature Clipboard

For Clinicians
Learn/Use/Receive the Self-Directed Violence Toolkit! This month's featured Educational Product is the SDV clipboard. Learn the SDV nomenclature by having the tool right on your clipboard. All designed with the clinician in mind.

Order the free Rocky Mountain MIRECC SDV clipboard »


Welcome to the Rocky Mountain MIRECC Nomenclature Resource Center

Simply click on the plus (+) symbol to expand the section and read more about each selected research project. And the minus (-) to close that section.

On-line SDV Training Video

Rocky Mountain MIRECC has created a brief online training for the Self-Directed Violence Classification System. The video is narrated by Lisa Brenner, PhD, Director of Rocky Mountain MIRECC. Watch the video here »

SDV Training Quiz

Test your Self-Directed Violence Classification System knowledge by reviewing 10 vignettes and answering 28 SDV related questions. The quiz also allows you to Ask an Expert as you proceed through the quiz.

Find the SDV Quiz here

PowerPoint Training for Self-Directed Violence

This presentation combines the latest updates to the SDVCS with the most comprehensive slides.

The PowerPoint slides are available through this link

The PDF of the slides are here.

SDV On-Line Decision Tree

We have developed an on-line version of the SDV decision tree to help clinicians select the most appropriate SDV term.

The tool, based on work by Donald "Gordy" Gordon, VISN 2 Center of Excellence Suicide Prevention, offers a quick and easy question-based tree.

Go to the On-Line SDV Classification Tool.

SDV Tool for Your Smartphone Web Browser

We have developed a version of the SDV decision tree for all Smartphone web browsers to help clinicians/investigators select the most appropriate SDV term.

The tool uses the Smartphone's web browser and offers a quick and easy question-based tree.

Using your Smartphones web browser go to the Smartphone SDV Classification Tool.


Educational Products

The Rocky Mountain MIRECC has create a number of useful educational products for Veterans, Families and Clinicians. They can be downloaded or ordered online. [Learn more]

Selected Presentations

From the Self-Directed Violence Nomenclature to Suicide 101, Rocky Mountain MIRECC has posted select presentations for Veterans, Families and Clinicians. They can be downloaded easily to help you better understand the complex topic of suicide prevention. [Learn more]

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