Suicide Awareness and Prevention in the Hospital Setting

Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States. A systems-level response to suicidal risk assessment within the inpatient healthcare setting can make a major difference in clinical suicide prevention. This course is designed to prepare medical practitioners for patients at any level of suicidality – passive thoughts to severe – by providing evidence-based screening tools, treatment protocols and available resources in daily practice to assess and treat patients at risk for suicide.  

Samaritan Physicians: Successful completion of this activity will qualify Samaritan physicians for annual policy discounts. Upon completion, please print your certificate and submit it to Samaritan for consideration.

Target Audience

Physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and other interested clinical employees.

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize evidence-based screening tools to identify patients at risk for suicide.
  • Determine risk and protective factors, recognize “hidden” signs and symptoms and identify the relationship between substance use and suicide.
  • Implement appropriate treatment protocols for patients identified with suicidal thoughts, plans or ideations. 
  • Coordinate with key staff involved in patient safety for the care of patients at risk for suicide. 
  • Easily locate tools and resources to better support patients at risk for suicide.
Additional information
  • Hedegaard, H., Curtin, S. C., & Warner, M. (2020). Increase in suicide mortality in the United States, 1999–2018.
  • Bachmann, S. (2018). Epidemiology of suicide and the psychiatric perspective. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15(7), 1425.
  • Banerjee, D., Kosagisharaf, J. R., & Rao, T. S. (2020). ‘The dual pandemic’ of suicide and COVID-19: A biopsychosocial narrative of risks and prevention. Psychiatry research, 113577.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Yankel Girshman, D.O., FAPA
Medical Director, Psychiatry
Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Rachel Rohaidy, M.D.
Medical Director of 
The Recovery Village at Baptist Health

Amy Exum, LMHC, CMC-1
Community Health & Wellness

Yankel Girshman, D.O., FAPA, Rachel Rohaidy, M.D., and Amy Exum, LMHC, CMC-1, faculty for this educational activity, have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and have indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Barry M. Crown, Ph.D., conference director for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.*

*Ineligible companies – Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
Please login or register for a Baptist Health CME account to take this course.

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