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2. Assessing Suicide Risk Using IS PATH WARM

Mental health professionals determine a client’s risk of suicide as either acute or chronic. They also assess whether the risk is low, moderate, or high. Acute risk means that the client could die or permanently injure themselves within 24 hours. Chronic situations allow the professional more time for intervention. Mental health guidelines call for multiple assessments to make the determination. IS PATH WARM is one of the most common techniques for assessing the client’s level of risk.

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