Suicide Prevention among Older Adults
Undetected and undertreated depression and the corresponding high rate of suicide among older adults present one of the most urgent problems we face in caring for the aging population. This course prepares professionals working with older adults in mental health, substance abuse, and aging services to recognize suicide risk among their clients, to intervene appropriately, and to engage in and promote effective suicide prevention.
The course focuses on what is known about suicide and the risks for vulnerable older adults based on the latest research and the practice experience of healthcare professionals. The course also helps participants to understand how their personal attitudes about suicide can affect the care of older people in their practice. Case studies provide concrete examples, and bonus resources and background information are available for downloading throughout the course. (4 CEUs)
- Knowledge of current research on suicide and suicide prevention among older adults, and the implications for practice.
- Understanding of intervention options and treatment approaches, related ethical concerns, vulnerabilities of older adults, and family and community perspectives, as well as the importance of understanding one’s own attitudes toward suicide and the potential implications in practice.
- Skills and tools to identify the risk factors for suicide among older adults, to recognize these risk factors among their clients, and to intervene effectively, making appropriate referrals where required, and to engage in effective suicide-prevention activities.