Primary care providers see individuals who are
experiencing suicidal ideation in the weeks/months prior to an attempt, at a
greater rate than do mental health professionals. Because of this, they are an excellent
gateway to assessing and intervening with someone who is at risk. There are, however, many issues providers
face in integrating suicide prevention efforts in the work they do, including
being properly training on clinical assessment and recognizing a potentially
suicidal client. The Maine Suicide
Prevention Program works in partnership with the Maine Primary Care Association
to bring suicide prevention initiatives to primary care settings in the
For more information, contact
Greg Marley, LCSW, at NAMI Maine; or Becca Emmons, Maine Primary Care Association.
Assessment training for Clinicians is a training offered
several times each year.
This day-long workshop builds knowledge about suicide
trends in high risk populations across the lifespan and takes participants
through the steps of suicide risk assessment, intervention, treatment, and use
of resources. This training is designed for those working in clinical roles who
need more in-depth resources and information in order to assess suicide risk.
kit for Primary Care
Toolkit for Addressing Depression in Primary Care