February 24, 2022 - Strategies for Preventing Suicide During COVID and Beyond
Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Strategies for Preventing Suicide During COVID and Beyond
Suicide was declared a public health crisis by the U.S. Surgeon General in 1999. However, suicide rates continued to climb over the past two decades by a staggering 35% (1999-2018). Fortunately, we have seen decreases in the national suicide rates from 2018-2020. The pandemic is a major focus of public health concern and has elevated distress and mental health suffering, however, the suicide rate in the US decreased by 3% from 2019 to 2020. Data for 2021 is not yet available and; there are reasons for concern for particular populations during the pandemic; the long term impact on suicide rates may be seen over a longer timeframe.
There are important positive changes occurring in the national dialog reflective of pro-mental health culture change; shedding stigma must be accompanied by a deeper understanding of mental health literacy. There are several science-informed, evidence-based strategies to reduce suicide risk, both through the public health approach for an entire population, as well as clinical interventions for patient care. As the science of suicide and prevention has been growing rapidly over the past two decades, these prevention strategies and targeted ways to better identify risk must be translated and disseminated for greatest impact.
This talk will discuss recent epidemiological and cultural trends in suicide prevention in the United States and efficacious clinical interventions to reduce suicide risk.
This program is intended for: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Fellows, Residents, Interns and Nurses
At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:
- Discuss trends in suicidal behavior in the United States, including national trends in U.S. to patient care and every-day actions and current factors for suicide risk and prevention related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Describe features of the public health approach to suicide prevention, including the importance of a broad educational approach, advocacy from stakeholders (e.g., loss survivors, attempt survivors), and the role of clinicians as advocates and educators.
- Describe current evidence-based suicide specific clinical interventions (e.g., Safety Planning, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and suicide specific psychopharmacology) and how to incorporate these into practice.
- Identify the current major policy opportunities in national strategy that can reduce population suicide risk.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this Enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 Nursing Contact Hours
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.
This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 1.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
- 1.00 Participation
This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.
Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.
- 1.00 Psychologists CE Credit
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This offering meets the criteria for 1.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.