About the Course
By completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify risk factors for suicide.
- Identify the reasons for an increased risk among the veteran population.
- Describe treatment and management of suicidal ideations (management of suicidal behaviors).
- Describe the prevalence of suicide within the medical setting.
- Select appropriate ways of assessing patients at risk for suicide.
- Screen patients for depression using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2).
- Screen the severity of suicidality using the Columbia Suicide Risk Assessment.
- Address safety for patients who are at risk for suicide through lethal means removal and creation of a crisis response plan.
- Manage with other health care colleagues the patient’s depression and level of suicidality.
- Plan interventions related to the suicidal patient’s depression and underlying causes.
- Understand when to refer a suicidal patient to a mental health specialist.
- Identify various resources available to assist health care providers in managing suicidal risk in patients.
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