Originally Presented on Thursday, December 16, 2021: 1-2 p.m. ET

Physicians are significantly more likely to die by suicide than the general population, and an estimated 300 physicians die by suicide in the United States every year. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the stress, burnout, and fatigue already felt by many physicians, providers, and other healthcare professionals balancing the duty of caring for patients with concerns for their own health and wellbeing. Despite these challenges, many do not seek treatment or support for fear of stigma or professional repercussions.

Along with its accompanying fact sheet, this training provided specific Suicide Safer Care techniques to help support your primary care providers and team members through systematic and organizational approaches to address suicide risk and prevent deaths by suicide among employees. View this archived webinar to learn about the scope of the crisis and how organizations can better support staff through effective suicide prevention and postvention strategies during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning objectives:

  1. Detail the scope of provider and staff suicide, what factors contribute to this phenomenon, and the impact of COVID-19.
  2. Share practical organizational approaches to address suicide risk and help prevent suicide in providers and team members during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, including management training and response plans.
  3. Understand postvention strategies, how to support survivors, and provide opportunities for individual and group assistance.

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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
  • Allison Dubois, MPH, Executive VP/Chief Operating Officer, Sun River Health

More Resources on 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, including pediatric and adult suicide prevention toolkits. You may also browse our COVID-19 Resources page for more information on how the pandemic has impacted communities served by health centers.