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Webinar: Suicide Prevention Tools for Primary Care Providers

(3/14/2013)

Webinar: Suicide Prevention Tools for Primary Care Providers                   

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

Webinar Presenters: Peggy West, PhD, MSW, Senior Advisor, Suicide Prevention Resource Center; Mimi McFaul, PsyD, Director, WICHE Mental Health Program; Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-R, SAP, Vice President for Psychosocial Services/Community Affairs, The Institute for Family Health

Target Audience: HRSA funded safety-net providers

Objectives:

  1. Information on suicide prevention trainings and resources available for primary care and clinical staff
  2. Recommendations for how to implement at least one office protocol and how to access local resources for people at risk of suicide
  3. Outcome data on how Community Health Centers trained in suicide prevention improved their knowledge, skills, and competency
  4. Lessons from how one Community Health Center implemented suicide prevention protocols in their agency

Up to 45% of individuals who die by suicide have visited their primary care physician within a month of their death; additional research suggests that up to 67% of those who attempt suicide receive medical attention as a result of their attempt. Given these statistics, primary care practices have enormous potential to prevent suicides and connect people to needed specialty care.

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (http://www.sprc.org/) are co-sponsoring a webinar to highlight practical primary care strategies from the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care.  While developed with rural primary care providers in mind, the tools are applicable to a broad array of safety-net providers. The materials are designed to help assess patients’ risk of suicide, plan interventions, and create individual safety plans.  These tools include a template for developing partnerships with mental health providers; pocket guides for assessment, intervention, and safety plan development; and tips for billing and gathering state-specific information. 

In addition, the webinar will feature one Community Health Center’s experience with implementing suicide prevention protocols and trainings that have empowered staff and ultimately saved lives in their communities.

Register today: www.integration.samhsa.gov/about-us/webinars

Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1000 attendees.

Closed Captioning Available Upon Request

 


Keywords: webinar, suicide, prevention, tools, primary, care, providers



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