Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Purpose & Scope


  • to provide nurses working in diverse practice settings, with recommendations, based on the best available related to the assessment and management of adults at risk for suicidal ideation and behaviour.


  • The guideline will focuses on individuals over the age of 17 and addresses:
    • recognition and assessment of risk for suicidal ideation and behaviour;
    • nursing interventions towards the reduction of risk; and
    • strategies to promote ongoing wellness for the client and the nurse.
Addiction and Mental Health
Assessment and Care of Adults at Risk for Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour
Background Information