Suicide Prevention and the Clinical Workforce: Guidelines for Training

It has been well documented in numerous studies and papers that clinicians from a wide range of professions routinely encounter individuals at risk for suicide. These professions include nurses, social workers, physicians, mental health professionals, and others. Studies have also shown that many of these individuals do not have a level of confidence in dealing with suicidal individuals due to a lack of training. Having a competent and confident clinical workforce is critical to reducing the rate of suicide. Recognizing this imperative, we established the Clinical Workforce Preparedness Task Force to advance the competency of the broad clinical workforce and the settings within which they serve individuals at risk of suicide. The task force created this set of training guidelines.

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  • National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Resources