The purpose of this course is to familiarize professionals working in long term care with the signs and symptoms that a resident might be at risk of suicide as well as mechanisms for assessing risk and suicide prevention. By the end of the course, learners will be able to: 1) identify the common mental health issues associated with risk of suicide, 2) define suicide ideation, 3) identify how to assess and recognize suicide risks and when and how to provide staff intervention, 4) identify common methods of suicide and environmental hazards for community-based elders, 5) describe the appropriate follow-up after a suicide attempt or completed suicide, and 6) identify when professional intervention is necessary and which professionals to contact for treatment of a resident who is suicidal. This course is intended to contribute to caregiver and/or staff training. Participants must pass final quiz with score of 80% or higher; may re-take as often as needed.
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