Ottawa – CBC News
A standardized tool to assess suicide risk will soon be tested at health care facilities including the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa as workers try to keep pace with an increasing demand for mental health care.
Dr. Mario Cappelli, a clinical psychologist who serves as the Director of Mental Health at CHEO, helped create the tool, the first of its kind developed for young people.
Cappelli, who shared the tool at a suicide prevention forum in Ottawa on Thursday, said frontline workers use it to assess the risk of suicide in emergency departments. The need is drastic, he added.