At the conclusion of the session, participants will:
- Understand the scope (prevalence) of the problem of suicide in South Dakota
- Know the common warning signs and risk factors for suicide
- Know different strategies to assess risk for suicide in your patients
- Learn about different ways your office can be prepared to respond to patients at different levels of risk for suicide
- Gain knowledge to develop a safety plan for your suicidal patient
- Nearly half of the people who die by suicide have seen a primary care provider within a month before their death.
- Although mental illness, such as depression, is highly prevalent among people who die by suicide, relatively few sought mental health specialty services in the weeks preceding their death.
- Primary care is often the place where patients come for their mental health needs; primary care staff are in a position to recognize suicide risk and intervene – if they know what to look for.
For more information on suicide prevention visit: www.sdsuicideprevention.org
Brunch is provided.