Safety and Suicidality

The primary care setting is an ideal setting for suicide prevention. How so?

  • Primary care teams have frequent, long-standing relationships with patients
  • Primary care teams may be the patient’s only chance to access needed care

The goal of this module is to provide providers, behavioral health clinicians and community health workers in the primary care setting ways to assess, screen, and intervene for patients who present to primary care with risk factors for suicide.

CEs/CMEs are available for this training

Learning Objectives

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Describe how the primary care setting is ideal for suicide prevention
  • Provide examples of both risk factors and protective factors
  • Identify warning signs a suicidal patient may exibit
  • Explain how suicidality presents differently in youth compared to adults
  • Describe the three basic steps involved in intervening
  • Recall the five components involved in the SAFE-T assessment
  • Apply the three-step intervention to a case

Course Information

Estimated Time: 1 hour


Course Instructors

  • Michelle Durham headshotMichelle P. Durham
    MD, MPH
  • Yaminette Diaz-Linhart headshotYaminette Diaz-Linhart
    MSW, MPH
  • Brittany Gouse headshotBrittany Gouse
    MD, MPH


1 year of access
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