The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office of Women’s Health will host a live webcast that can help you with patients who may be contemplating suicide.
The two-hour session, "Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention: Turning the Strategy into Action," will provide you with tools and resources.
Speakers, including U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., will discuss preventing suicide in schools, colleges and universities, primary care settings and the workplace. Also, a panel will discuss the problem of suicide among high-risk groups, including veterans.
"Suicide is a preventable tragedy,” commented Joan Duwve, M.D., chief medical officer for the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). “There is strong evidence that a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention saves lives."
According to the ISDH, 872 Hoosiers died in 2011 from suicide. That same year, the Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey found alarming trends in suicidal attitudes in high school students.
The webcast will be Thursday, June 27, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. EST. Register to participate here.
The Indiana State Suicide Prevention Plan provides additional information about preventing suicide.
Find additional resources here.