Dr. Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH, physician and suicide prevention researcher talks with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention about the disproportionate role that firearms take in Veteran suicides. The conversation explores the benefits of temporary storage of firearms and dispels common misconceptions of firearm safety in the context of collaborative mental health care. Follow the link to listen to the podcast and to find supporting resources on lethal means safety for Veterans at risk for suicide.
A multi-source collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help you understand and implement Zero Suicide.
This Joint Commission special report offers recommendations from a panel of experts regarding environmental hazards for providers and surveyors and what constitutes adequate safeguards to prevent suicide in inpatient hospital and emergency department settings.
A concise explainer of the research base for the Engage element of the Zero Suicide approach, focusing on safety planning.
A concise explainer of the research base for the Engage element of the Zero Suicide approach, focusing on access to lethal means.
A concise explainer of the research base for the Engage element of the Zero Suicide approach.
"Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: Talking to Patients about Firearm Safety" is a conversation about firearm safety between the host, Adam Hoffberg, and Emmy Betz, an emergency room physician at the University of Colorado Hospital. The conversation covers a range of topics regarding lethal means reduction. One of the highlights is a Colorado program called the Colorado Gun Shop Project, which is a collaboration with gun shop retailers, gun range owners, and firearm safety course instructors to promote suicide prevention. The podcast is twenty-six minutes long and can be found at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention website.
Bryan, C.J., Stone, S.L., & Rudd, M.D. (2011). A practical, evidence-based approach for means-restriction counseling with suicidal patients. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(5), 339–346.
Stanley, B., & Brown, G. (2012). Safety Planning Intervention: A brief intervention to mitigate suicide risk. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19(2), 256–264.
Knox, K., Stanley, B., Currier, G., Brenner L, Ghahramanlou-Holloway M., & Brown G. (2012). An emergency department-based brief intervention for veterans at risk for suicide (SAFE VET). American Journal of Public Health, 102(Suppl. 1), S33–37.
This manual describes a brief clinical intervention, safety planning, that can serve as a valuable adjunct to risk assessment and may be used with individuals who have made a suicide attempt, have suicide ideation, have psychiatric disorders that increase suicide risk, or who are otherwise determined to be at high risk for suicide. It is intended to be used by VA mental health clinicians, but it is also relevant for clinicians who treat non-veterans.
These recommendations were developed in an effort to enhance the provision of care in inpatient and residential facilities and, in particular, to promote, when possible, the incorporation of families as meaningful members of the treatment team.
K. Michel, & D. A. Jobes (Eds.). (2011). Building a therapeutic alliance with the suicidal patient. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Jobes, D. A., Rudd, M. D., Overholser, J. C., & Joiner, T. E., Jr. (2008). Ethical and competent care of suicidal patients: Contemporary challenges, new developments, and considerations for clinical practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39(4), 405.
Oordt, M. S., Jobes, D. A., Rudd, M. D., Fonseca, V. P., Runyan, C. N., Stea, J. B., . . . Talcott, G. W. (2005). Development of a clinical guide to enhance care for suicidal patients. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36(2), 208.
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