Healthcare professionals in training who will be entering primary care settings are likely to encounter patients at risk for suicide: nearly half of all individuals who end their lives by suicide visit a primary care provider (PCP) in the month before their passing. However, medical students and other clinicians in training often receive little training in prevention.

Simple strategies can help save lives, and ACU’s latest Suicide Safer Care guide, “Quick Tips for Medical Students and Other Primary Care Professionals in Training,” provides an introduction to elementary suicide prevention strategies that clinicians can integrate in primary care visits. Read the guide to learn how to recognizing warning signs, screen for suicide and assess risk, and intervene.

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More Resources on Suicide Safer Care

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, including pediatric, geriatric, and adult suicide prevention toolkits.