Tools to assess suicide risk
P – Plan: The more detailed the plan is, the closer the person is to the suicide act.
I – Intensity of the method: The more drastic the method, the more likely the person is to complete the act.
N – Nearness of the method: Does the person already have the means of death? Make every effort to separate the means of death from the person.
S – Support system: Provide as much support and reassure the person that they are important.
Jamaicans can contact the health ministry’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Helpline at 888-NEW-LIFE (639-5433).