In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved has released a new fact sheet highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide prevention efforts. The pandemic, both in its onset and in the continuing uncertainty of the Delta variant, has significantly impacted the social determinants of health, stressful life events, and mental health symptoms that are each associated with suicide risk.
ACU’s latest publication addresses COVID-19’s effects on suicide prevention and how our community can take action. The new fact sheet provides an introduction to how COVID-19 has affected social determinants of health and suicide prevention, as well as practical steps that providers and health centers can take to address suicide risk during the pandemic. Read the publication, browse other Suicide Safer Care resources, and stay tuned for an upcoming webinar.
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More Resources on COVID-19, Social Determinants of Health, and Suicide Prevention
Using the Zero Suicide framework as a foundation and with the generous support of the Centene Corporation, the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved created the Suicide Safer Care curriculum to train primary care providers and their teams on skills for suicide risk assessment, evidence-based interventions, referral and transition when needed, and changing the culture of addressing suicide risk across clinical practice. Learn more about the curriculum and useful resources for primary care providers.