Mental Health Providers and Health Professionals

Whether you are a mental health provider or health professional, you have likely experienced working with a client or patient in distress.  We know that people who attempt suicide make some type of healthcare visit in the weeks before the attempt. Health professionals practicing in diverse health care settings, whether primary care offices, emergency departments, or outpatient mental health offices, are well positioned to provide suicide care and reduce risk. The following online training is recommended by the Training and Education Team and is provided by Zero Suicide, a national initiative providing suicide care practice and education. This training is no cost.

If you have any questions, please contact the BHRS Prevention and Outreach Team.

Preventing Suicide in Emergency Departments

This course teaches healthcare professionals who work in an ED how to conduct screening, assessment, and brief interventions, such as safety planning and lethal means counseling. It also addresses patient-centered care for patients with suicide risk, patient safety during the ED visit, and incorporating suicide prevention into discharge planning.

Audience: This course is open to anyone. It is designed especially for healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, behavioral health providers) who work in EDs with patients at risk of suicide.

Format: Self directed, online

Time/Date: Anytime

Cost: FREE

CALM: Counseling for the Assessment of Lethal Means

Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies.

This free and virtual course is about how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people at risk for suicide—and their families—to reduce access. 


Safety Planning for Suicide Prevention

Are you a mental health provider, case worker, health professional or family member caring for a client in distress? Safety planning has been utilized in diverse care settings to help reduce suicide risk and improve coping skills. During this one hour training, you will learn about a safety planning framework for youth, TAY and adults, engage in group discussion, resources.  This session will focus on safety planning for all populations.

Presenters: Liz Magdid, Marin County-BHRS and Mental Health Practitioner and Vanessa Blum, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Marin County-BHRS.

Wednesday December 7th at 2:00 pm.