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Suicide in America

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Author: Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Contact hours: 6
AOTA CEUs: 0.6
Expiration date: September 1, 2024
Course price: $49*

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Course Summary

The purpose of this course is to educate healthcare professionals and others about the scope and seriousness of suicide. It identifies groups who are disproportionally affected by suicide, provides information about suicide screening, discusses psychosocial and pharmacologic treatments, describes the role of supportive third parties, spells out practical guidelines to reduce access to lethal means, and relates aspects of military culture that may affect the incidence of suicide in active-duty military and veterans.

If you reside in Washington State, please click on the course link to access: 

  • About Suicide in Washington State, 6 units (for nurses, social workers, licensed mental health professionals, marriage and family therapists, naturopaths, osteopathic physicians/surgeons/physician assistants, physicians and physician assistants, psychologists, and retired active licensees)


Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

*If you are an OT or OTA, you may need the following information for relicensure:

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.6 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to*:

  1. Describe the recent scope of suicide nationally and worldwide.
  2. Relate 3 warning signs and 3 risk factors related to suicidal ideation and behaviors.
  3. Describe 5 demographic groups disproportionately impacted by suicide.
  4. List 3 gender differences related to suicidal ideation and behaviors.
  5. Explain the 4 main components of suicide risk screening and assessment.
  6. Describe the 2 main components of management of suicidal patients.
  7. Define lethal means.
  8. Relate 3 reasons why safety planning is a critical part of care for suicidal patients.
  9. Describe 4 main components of social and community support.
  10. Explain 3 aspects of military culture that may affect the incidence of suicide in active-duty military and veterans.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.