Training for Primary Care Providers/Medical Professionals in Suicide Prevention
Primary care/ medical providers play a critical role in suicide prevention through the early detection and treatment of mental illness, substance use disorders and other risk factors which can lead to suicide. Given the unique relationship between the healthcare provider and the patient, there is an excellent opportunity for suicide prevention and intervention if utilized effectively.
Designated a National Best Practice program, Connect utilizes a unique community-based model designed to increase the competence of primary care/medical providers in recognizing and responding to individuals at risk for suicide. The training includes a review of National Best Practice suicide prevention/intervention policies and procedures specific to primary care/medical providers, interactive case scenarios and discussion on how to integrate key community services for an effective and comprehensive response. For more information, click here.
Primary care physicians and medical providers in outpatient settings are often are some of the first people the surviving family members turn to for information and support. Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, taking steps to reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide (postvention) becomes an integral part of prevention efforts.
Postvention training is offered as a proactive planning tool to promote healing and reduce risk after a suicide. Using nationally designated best practice protocols, didactic learning, discussion and case vignettes, participants will learn important steps for reducing risk of contagion. Ideally, postvention training is provided in advance to enable medical providers to incorporate postvention protocols into a suicide response plan. Training and/or technical assistance can also be provided following a suicide death. For more information, click here.