On Wednesday, October 26, McLean Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine are offering a free virtual workshop on suicide assessment and prevention.
Suicide-Focused Assessment and Treatment: An Update for Professionals will feature presentations on the current efficacy of suicide prevention interventions, the use of new clinical technologies, considerations for special populations including groups disproportionately affected by suicide, such as LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, as well as insights from a clinician with lived experience.
“It is critical that we, as clinicians, educators, and trusted members of our communities, arm ourselves with skills that we can apply in our daily work to better care for those who are most vulnerable and need our support,” said Scott L. Rauch, MD, McLean’s president and psychiatrist in chief.
“By sharing our knowledge of cutting-edge advances in suicide-focused assessment and treatment through workshops like this, we are having a positive impact on our communities.”
Facts About Suicide
According to data gathered as of 2020:
- 12.2 million American adults thought seriously about suicide
- 3.2 million planned a suicide attempt
- 1.2 million attempted suicide
- The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men
- On average, there are 130 suicides per day
- In 2020, suicide was among the top 9 leading causes of death for people ages 10-64; suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34
Studies show that over the past two decades the suicide rate has increased significantly, with nearly 50,000 people currently dying by suicide in America each year.
According to Doug Jacobs, MD, who co-directs this course, and who also founded the website Stop A Suicide Today, this increase has come at a time when “there are more and more resources available to help us address the issue.”
According to Jacobs and course co-director Alan F. Schatzberg, MD, the workshop will help attendees identify current risk factors, including recognizing the vulnerability of special populations and younger adults, while also evaluating effective treatment methods for adolescents experiencing suicidal ideation.
Continuing education credits (CME, CEU) are available for health care professionals who attend.