Suicide: Facing the Difficult Topic Together – Empowering Nurses, Instilling Hope in Clients
Nurses, including nurse practitioners, play a pivotal role in suicide prevention, as a crucial member of the healthcare team. As team members, you and your clinic’s family physician are best positioned to identify those who may be at risk for suicide and able to provide or link those at risk with the care they so desperately need. It is important for all members of the healthcare team to have a firm understanding of suicide prevention, assessment, intervention, safety planning, local resources, and how to make effective referrals.
Building upon this, all members of the team need to be alert and attentive to possible risk factors, warnings signs, and reports of physiological symptoms from their patients even in the absence of any reported suicidal behaviours.
This program is supported in part by an educational grant from Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Nurses Association.
This Self-Learning program has been accredited by the Canadian Nurses Association for up to 2 credit hours.
Florence Budden, RN
Lisa Crawley, RN
Alex Drossos, MD, MBA, MEd, BESc
Ardelle Komaryk, FNP
Upon completion of this program, participants will be better able to:
- Evaluate the level of risk for suicide and determine how best to intervene.
- Describe the common suicide risk factors and protective factors.
- Identify the prevalence of, and which groups are at high-risk for suicide in Canada.
- Identify a range of tools and resources available to support the identification of the risk of suicide among clients in your healthcare setting, and how to better offer that follow-up support.
- Discuss the nurse’s responsibility when addressing the risk for suicide and how to have conversations about suicide with clients.