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Youth Suicide: Improving Identification, Prevention and Care

In 2013, suicide was the second leading cause of death in youth ages 0-21, with one in five youth seriously considering suicide at some point. Pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) can identify youth at risk for suicide and connect them to intervention services.

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This training provides information and statistics on youth suicide, as well as the attitudes and experiences that pediatricians have regarding youth suicide. It includes evidence-based screening materials, and information on resources and services for prevention and treatment, such as the Use of Lethal Means Restriction (LMR), Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) and other community support services. The training also provides important instructions for follow-up care.

This module is offered through the Educating Practices In the Community (EPIC) program, in partnership with the Connecticut Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. A professional trainer will visit your practice at a time that is convenient for you and provide a brief presentation to you and your entire staff on youth suicide prevention, identification, and treatment.

Presentation objectives

  • Understand the prevalence of suicide among youth in the US and in CT
  • Recognize the symptoms and risk factors for suicide through use of evidence-based screening
  • Learn how to provide lethal means restriction counseling in order to reduce suicide risk and connect families to additional services

EPIC provides:

  • Provider resource materials
  • CME credit
  • Lunch or snack

Learn more about EPIC or contact Maggy Morales to schedule a training session.

Maggy Morales - EPIC Coordinator