Suicide Assessment Kit (SAK)

A new resource to help treatment providers manage drug and alcohol clients’ high suicide risk has been developed by NDARC’s Professor Shane Darke and Dr Joanne Ross in partnership with the Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA). The Suicide Assessment Kit (SAK) and accompanying videos are now available for download from the NDARC website.

The Australian Treatment Outcome Study led by Professor Darke and Professor Maree Teesson found that almost half of long-term heroin users have previously attempted suicide, whereas only 3.2% of the general Australian population reported a suicide attempt in their lifetime. Furthermore, one in 10 heroin users reported current suicidal ideation and one in 20 had a suicide plan. Read the NDARC news story here.

Professor Darke and Dr Ross will be running a workshop on the SAK at the NDARC Annual Symposium on September 15. You can register for the Symposium and the workshop here.