Suicide Safe Care - NMN

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Free 2 Hour Professional Development Opportunity for Healthcare Clinicians

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Suicide Safe Care:

Implementing the New National Guidelines with Practical Resources with Ursula Whiteside, PhD founder of

Training includes an 2 hour online on-demand course including independent work for primary care and other service providers. The course covers the new national guidelines for work with patients at risk for suicide as well as free evidence-based resources to share and support your work with suicidal patients.

Training Schedule & Course Description

You will be directed to a course website. You will have one month to complete the course once initiated, including course independent work. The course includes practical strategies to be applied independently. After completing the online course content, and once you have practiced these strategies independently, you are eligible to complete the final piece of the course. The documentation of your independent participation will make you eligible for your course certificate.

Who Should Participate?

Healthcare providers in outpatient and community health supporting suicidal patients, including Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors; Registered Nurses; Primary Care physicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists; Licensed Nurse Practitioners; Certified Nursing Assistants; Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Peer Support Specialists and other relevant health/behavioral health care staff.


At the end of this educational series, participants will be able to:

  • Explain to patients and loved ones a basic Stress Model explaining suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Name the main three components of Recommended Standard of Care for suicidal individuals.
  • Describe how existing Depression Screening tools can be used to identify those at greatest risk for suicide.
  • Explain Language Recommendations (from those with lived experience) concerning suicide.
  • Convey the purpose of Safety Planning and where to find free Safety Planning tools.
  • Understand the power of addressing access to Lethal Means for suicide and providing Caring Contacts in preventing suicide

Completion Requirements

Participants are asked to complete the online course and associated independent practice exercise, as well as complete an evaluation with attendance attestation.

About our Speaker

Ursula Whiteside, PhD ( is an advocate for the consumer or lived experience voice in suicide prevention and has developed an online public resource and non-profit based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills: She is co-investigator on grants from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Institute of Mental Health. She is a licensed Clinical psychologist with over 20 years in the field of research and treatment for severely suicidal individuals. Dr. Whiteside also serves as faculty on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Zero Suicide initiative (see, which is focused on dramatically improving the way healthcare systems respond to suicidal individuals. This training series is being provided free of charge to healthcare clinicians with the support of Ursula Whiteside LLC;; rural counties including St. Louis (Minnesota) Pacific and Grays Harbor (Washington), Washington (Rhode Island), Marion (Oregon); the Minnesota Department of Health; and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Zero Suicide is an international effort by which healthcare organizations strive to make suicide a “never event”.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Wisconsin Medical Society through the joint providership of MetaStar, Inc. and Ursula Whiteside, LLC. MetaStar, Inc. is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MetaStar, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

As of January 1, 2020 this online training will be available for CME credit for one year. The course is available indefinitely for non-CME credit.

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