Adolescent Suicide Risk Assessment


This course was developed [in part] under grant number 1 SM058386-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.25 NAPNAP contact hours, of which 0 is pharmacology content.


Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the role of clinicians in the prevention of suicide.
  • Discuss the prevalence of youth suicide.
  • Explain why youth suicide occurs.
  • Set the stage for an adolescent interview.
  • Assess adolescents for suicide risk by inquiring about background risk factors (using HEADSSS) and subjective risk factors.
  • Refer adolescents at risk for suicide for the appropriate level of care.
  • Discuss possible treatments and how to measure success.
  • Assess family needs, strengths, resource, and supports.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Contact hours
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Virginia S. Biddle, PhD, RN, CPNP, PMHNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Thomas Jefferson University, Outpatient Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Philadelphia, PA 



Dr. Biddle has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 


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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Contact hours


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