For Medical Providers

This page is intended to make updated suicide prevention resources readily available to medical providers.  If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Amy Sturgeon, BS, MPH at Shasta County Health and Human Services at 530-229-8426.

 

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"Primary care physicians play an important role in the assessment and management of suicide risk. It is estimated that 75 percent of individuals who die by suicide are in contact with a primary care physician in the year before their death, and that 45 percent do so within one month of their death.  In contrast, only 20 percent of these patients saw a mental health professional in the preceding month".

- 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

 

 
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Publications

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Is Your Patient Suicidal?

1 in 10 suicides are completed by those who have been seen in the Emergency Department in the last 60 days.  Many are never assessed for suicide risk.  "Is Your Patient Suicidal?" is a suicide risk poster that includes suicide warning signs, contributing factors and important questions to ask.  Click here to download a free copy, or contact Amy Sturgeon, BS, MPH at 530-229-8426.

 

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This convenient pocket card "assists clinicians in conducting a suicide assessment using a 5-step evaluation and triage plan to identify risk factors and protective factors, conduct a suicide inquiry, determine risk level and potential interventions, and document a treatment plan".  Order your free card here, or contact Amy Sturgeon, BS, MPH at 530-229-8426. 

More suicide prevention publications can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.  Click here for a comprehensive list.

                   

News for medical providers

Provider News is a newsletter offered three times per year featuring health topics for medical providers. Content includes local information as well as research from peer reviewed medical journals that is relevant to patient care. It features timely articles and information about what Shasta County Public Health is doing to improve and protect health.

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Staff Training and CME

​The following training courses are registered as Best Practice programs by

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC).

Click here to view SPRC's training page for clinicians and support staff

 

Local Training Courses

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QPR Suicide Prevention Training 

QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer - 3 steps that anyone can use to help save a life.  

QPR Suicide Prevention Training is offered free through Shasta County Health and Human Services.  To schedule a training for your staff, contact Amy Sturgeon, BS, MPH at 530-229-8426.

 

 

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)

Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals

AMSR is a one-day training designed for mental health clinicians.  This class teaches participants strategies in the assessment, management and treatment of suicidal patients.  AMSR is recognized as a Best Practice training by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practice Registry. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences awards 6.5 continuing education credits for completion of the program.

For more information about local training for AMSR, contact Amy Sturgeon, BS, MPH at 530-229-8426.

 

Online CME Courses

At-Risk Primary Care: 

One-hour suicide assessment course developed by Kognito Interactive.  1.5 CME units for completion.

Adolescent Suicide Risk Assessment:

Adolescent suicide assessment course provided free by The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Credit: 1.25 contact hours.

QPR Suicide Triage Training:

Question, Persuade, Refer online training module guides assessment and safety planning.  6-10 hours required; 8-10 CME/CE credits.

 

      

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Prevention Tools for You and Your Patients

Below are lists of programs and applications designed to support you and your patients - anytime, anywhere.

 

For You:

  • Crisis Support Plan: Enlist support from a trusted friend or family member in case of a suicide crisis.
  • Training Resource Packet for Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Settings  "The Know the Signs Campaign developed this resource to help guide county efforts to engage primary care in suicide prevention. It includes a one-hour suicide prevention training with slides, notes and handouts; tips, tools and templates to support planning and implementation of the training; and a copy of the SPRC/WICHE Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices". 

 

For Your Patients:​

  • My3:  This app guides your patient in defining their support network so they have a plan at the ready during a mental health crisis.
  • PTSD Coach: Designed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for service men and women, this app provides a self-assessment module, information on PTSD, support resources and stress management tools.
  • iMoodJournal: Patients can easily track their moods, sleep patterns, medications, energy level, stress and more.