96.9% of therapists meet at least one client having thoughts of suicide. Dealing with a suicidal individual is one of the most challenging and anxiety provoking situations for a healthcare professional. Death by suicide among clients has been consistently reported as most feared treatment outcome.
In 2016 it was evidenced that training in suicide prevention not only enhances comfort in working with suicidal clients but also decreases the stress and anxiety faced by professionals. Suicide Prevention Training programs like Gatekeeper Training includes the initial screening and suicide risk assessment skills as well as Advanced Suicide Risk Assessment Training and Management skills.