Tuesday, October 5, 2021: 12-1 p.m. ET

The crisis of pediatric suicide in the United States is growing. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youths aged 10-24, with the fastest-growing rates among youth ages 10–14. Furthermore, the crisis is marked by significant racial disparities. However, primary care providers at school-based and other health centers have a crucial opportunity to intervene, and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved recently developed a new pediatric suicide prevention toolkit for such providers.

In this free accompanying webinar, drawing on the new publication and other resources, presenters provided an overview of the crisis and why providers can play an important role in prevention, discussed common warning signs and risk factors, and detailed effective pediatric suicide prevention practices include screening tools such as the PHQ-A and ASQ, as well as clinical pathways and evidence-based interventions.

Learning objectives:

  1. Explain the crisis of pediatric suicide and why primary care providers, including those at school-based health centers, can play an important role in prevention.
  2. Discuss common risk factors and warning signs.
  3. Describe screening tools, clinical pathways, and evidence-based interventions for pediatric suicide prevention.

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  • Dr. Virna Little, PSyD, LCSW-r, SAP, CCM, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Concert Health, Co-Founder of Zero Overdose
  • Dr. Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist and Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health

More Resources on Pediatric and Adult 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 and adult suicide prevention toolkits.