Suicide Screening and Prevention


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Suicide is a major public health problem not only in the United States but also in many western nations. In the United States, it is the 10th leading cause of death, accounting for nearly 44,000 deaths each year. Suicide is also the seventh leading cause of years of the potential loss of life, surpassing liver disease, diabetes, and HIV. Each year, nearly half a million individuals present to the emergency rooms in the United States following an attempted suicide. Data indicate that nearly 1 out of every 7 young adults describe having some type of suicidal ideation at some point in their lives, and at least 5% have made a suicidal attempt. Suicide has repercussions way beyond the affected individual. It costs the US healthcare system over $70 billion, and untold billions of dollars are lost by the families affected in terms of loss of earnings. Suicides are at an all-time high and affect both genders. Men are nearly 3.5 times more likely than women to commit suicide, and on average, 123 people kill themselves every day. This activity presents the causes of suicide, the risk factors, the role of medications and trigger factors, and how the medical community can counter the problem.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the risk factors for suicides.

  • Describe the mental health disorders linked to a high risk of suicide.

  • Outline medications that have been linked to an increased risk of suicide.

  • Review the importance of improving care coordination amongst interprofessional team members to improve outcomes for patients at high risk for suicide.


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Excellent topic! Seems like we see more patients complaining of depression post-covid.

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Patients having committed suicide surely need medications and healthcare professionals , but also closer human relationships and attentions in their family, community and work.

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on 5/28/2023

good program, practical; I would like to see more hard data on efficacy of suicide prevention strategies

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more topics on mental health nursing

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Incorporate more education about the increased rate of suicide in pre- adolescent populations secondary to unrealistic social pressures, bullying and the failure of schools to educate staff on identification of those at risk. ACES screening should be considered in pediatric settings

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