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Lead | Webinars and PresentationsWebinar: Treating Suicidal Patients During COVID-19: Best Practices and Telehealth

Mental health professionals continue to provide therapy for patients using telehealth despite this new era of quarantine and COVID-19. This is a significant change for most but research suggests that telehealth can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy and for some patients, it is even preferable. Many clinicians were treating patients at risk for suicide safely in outpatient settings, rarely turning to hospitalization, prior to this quarantine and can continue to provide safe and effective care using telehealth. New patients expressing thoughts of suicide may also emerge during this time. In a time when the hospitals are already beyond capacity and risk for transmission of Coronavirus is extremely high within the walls of the physical health care setting, hospitalization or emergency room visits for people expressing thoughts of suicide should be kept to a minimum. The use of evidence-based suicide care practices can significantly reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors, even when delivered via telehealth.

This webinar addressed the use of three best practices in caring for people at risk for suicide that can be delivered easily and effectively via telehealth: safety plans, treatment that directly targets thoughts of suicide, and DBT-based self-help skills and resources that clinicians can start employing in treatment immediately as well as share with patients.

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SPRC and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention are able to make this web site available thanks to support from Universal Health Services (UHS), the Zero Suicide Institute at EDC, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (grant 1 U79 SM0559945).

No official endorsement by SAMHSA, DHHS, or UHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.