"A sound suicide assessment approach or protocol is made up of 3 components:
• Gathering information related to risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide.
• Collecting information related to the patient’s suicidal ideation, planning, behaviors, desire, and intent.
• Making a clinical formulation of risk based on these 2 databases.
Practical approaches to integrating these 3 aspects of a suicide assessment have been well delineated for adults and adolescents.1-8 Innovative systematic approaches, such as the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach created by David Jobes,9 have also been developed for integrating all 3 tasks while providing collaborative intervention, which may help lay the foundation for a more evidence-based protocol for suicide assessment. Recently, Joiner and colleagues10 have delineated a promising approach based on the interpersonal theory of suicide, which gracefully integrates all 3 components necessary for a suicide assessment."