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Suicide in America

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Author: Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Contact hours: 6
Expiration date: September 1, 2021
Course price: $49 

50% off thru 3-1-2021--Use Code DFM during payment.

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)


This course has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification. Activity code: H00040694, Approval Number: 200135602.

Criteria for Successful Completion

A score of 80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


To find specific accreditations or approvals, click here.

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.