Originally Presented on Thursday, December 8, 2022: 1-2 p.m. ET
Healthcare professionals are significantly more likely to end their lives by suicide than the general population. The COVID-19 pandemic and other events have only exacerbated the stress, moral injury, and fatigue already felt by many healthcare professionals balancing caring for patients with concerns for their own wellbeing. And when healers end their lives by suicide, these tragic incidences can also have a “ripple effect,” increasing the vulnerability of other professionals, patients, and family members.
Join Dr. Virna Little, Chief Clinical Officer at Concert Health, and Sarah A. Bernes, consultant and behavioral health expert, to understand the dynamics of the crisis and learn concrete strategies to help support primary care providers and teams, address suicide risk and prevent deaths by suicide in staff, and implement effective postvention strategies.
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.