Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Settings
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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 state. 

 

For more information, contact Greg Marley, LCSW, at NAMI Maine; or Becca Emmons, Maine Primary Care Association.

 

Suicide 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.

 

 

Resources:

 

Tool kit for Primary Care

Toolkit for Addressing Depression in Primary Care

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