Ask Suicide-Screening Questions Toolkit
The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit is a free resource for medical settings (outpatient pediatric clinics/primary care, emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units) treating children and youth that can help nurses or physicians successfully identify youth at risk for suicide. The ASQ is a set of four screening questions that takes 20 seconds to administer. In a NIMH study, a “yes” response to one or more of the four questions identified 97 percent of youth (ages 10 to 21 years) at risk for suicide. By enabling early identification and assessment of young patients at high risk for suicide, the ASQ toolkit can play a key role in suicide prevention.