Suicide rates for males ages 65 and older remain higher than for any other group. Researchers have found that not every hospitalized patient with a high risk for suicide was referred for a psychiatric evaluation. Healthcare providers frequently miss opportunities for mental health diagnosis and referral. To have an impact on late-life suicide, healthcare providers must know what symptoms to look for and routinely screen for depression to determine suicide risk.
The goal of this continuing education module is to enhance nurses’, occupational therapists’, social workers’ and psychologists’ ability to identify and evaluate at-risk older adults to prevent late-life suicide. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Recognize three important clinical clues to late-life suicide
- Identify the risk factors for late-life suicide
- Describe the process of evaluation and treatment of late-life suicide
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Introductory
Target audience: Psychologists
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.