Suicide: Facing the Difficult Topic Together - Empowering Physicians, Instilling Hope in Patients (2019)


2 hr




Medical Resident

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Family physicians play a pivotal role in preventing suicides in Canada. As gatekeepers, they are often 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. We also know that those who die by suicide frequently had contact with a health care provider in the weeks and months prior to their death.

It is important for family physicians to have a firm understanding of suicide prevention, assessment, intervention, safety planning, local resources, and how to make effective referrals. Building upon this, family physicians 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 Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 2.0 Mainpro+ Credit(s).


Yvonne Bergmans, PhD, MSW, RSW
Susan Crouse, MD, CCFP
Alex Drossos, MD, MBA, MEd, BESc
Glenn Pearce, MD
Neal Stretch, MD
Sol Stern, MD, MCFP

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the level of risk for suicide and determine how best to intervene.
  • Understand the prevalence of, and which groups are at high-risk for suicide in Canada.
  • Build trust with your patient and gain the confidence needed to have a conversation with a patient about suicide.
  • Understand some of the tools and resources available to support the identification of the risk of suicide among your patients, and how to better offer that follow-up support.
  • Understand the responsibility of a family physician when addressing the concern of suicide and how to have conversations about suicide with patients.

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