Psychiatric in-patient facilities have a central role in the care of patients presenting with suicide risk. Good therapeutic relationships with patients and their families are key components for the reduction of suicide risk in in-patient facilities.
Admission to an in-patient facility provides the opportunity for a safer and containing environment, supervision commensurate with the degree of risk, direct observation, regular monitoring of mental state and continuous therapeutic support.
An in-patient unit strives for an appropriate balance between the need to manage the person at risk within a safe and containing environment and the need to promote autonomy through therapeutic relationships and an empowering milieu.
These suicide risk assessment and management protocols are to be read in conjunction with the Framework for Suicide Risk Assessment and Management for NSW Health Staff.