Clinicians play important role in identifying signs of suicidal thoughts
Suicide and the valuable role clinicians can play in its prevention is the topic of a new interprofessional continuing education course offered by OnCourse Learning. “Suicide Prevention: Assessment, Treatment, and Risk Management of At-Risk Populations” is available for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses and licensed vocational nurses, along with physicians, physician assistants, social workers and psychologists. The course also is approved by the State of Washington Department of Health for its suicide prevention education requirement for clinicians.
“This education will help healthcare professionals identify symptoms and signs that can go overlooked,” said Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, vice president of CE programming for OnCourse Learning. “This will allow them to begin the proper conversations and start the proper referral process to get people at risk the help they need.”
“This education will help healthcare professionals identify symptoms and signs that can go overlooked.”
Spread awareness about suicide prevention
The information healthcare professionals learn in the course also can be shared with their personal networks to bring attention to the issue. “Clinicians can educate family members, friends and relatives about what signs and symptoms to look for,” Mensik said. “Just by sharing information on Facebook, for example, the circle of awareness regarding suicide can expand greatly. If people with symptoms aren’t identified, how can we help them get help?”
“Just by sharing information on Facebook, for example, the circle of awareness regarding suicide can expand greatly. If people with symptoms aren’t identified, how can we help them get help?”
One of the nation’s most vulnerable populations is military veterans. According to a 2016 study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide. While the civilian suicide rate jumped 23.3% from 2001 to 2014, the rate for veterans rose more than 32%, the study said. “We know this group of individuals needs help,” Mensik said. “How are we missing them?”
According to the VA study, about 70% of veterans who committed suicide were not regular users of VA health services. Making more clinicians across the healthcare continuum aware of the signs and symptoms will ensure a larger number of veterans receive the care they need.
Courses Related to ‘Suicide Prevention’
60242: Suicide Prevention: Assessment, Treatment, and Risk Management of At-Risk Populations (6 contact hrs)
This program provides healthcare professionals with information about the issue of suicide and prevention strategies.
WEB265: Middle Age Anxiety, Depression & Suicide (1 contact hr)
The goal of this webinar is to present current evidence based information on the epidemiology, etiology, assessment and treatment options for mid-life depression, anxiety and suicide risk.
CE695: Veteran Suicide (1 contact hr)
The goal of this suicide prevention continuing education program is to provide healthcare professionals with information on the rising problem of suicide in military veterans.