Suicide is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death. The number of people thinking seriously about suicide, making plans, and attempting suicide is surprisingly high. Primary care clinicians write more prescriptions for antidepressants than mental health clinicians and see patients more often in the month before their death by suicide. 

Given COVID, 'deaths of despair' (suicides, overdose, motor vehicle accidents attributed to drunk driving) are only expected to rise. This training Is designed to help health care providers and their related team members (psychologists, social workers, nurses) confidently identify, screen, and care for patients at risk for suicide.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for primary care and family medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, and social workers providing routine care to patients.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to: 

  1. Accurately identify patients at risk for suicide and effectively screen
  2. Detect warning signs of at-risk patients and assess how to intervene
  3. Apply intervention strategies (including how to build and implement a safety plan) with patients at risk of suicide 

Additional Information

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
State Relevance: 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.50 APA
  • 1.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Guest Speaker
Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, SAP, CCM
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President for Psychosocial Services and Community Affairs
Concert Health, New York
Director, Center for Innovation in Mental Health
CUNY School of Public Health, New York, NY
Co-Founder, Zero Overdose

Course Chair
Robert Harrison, MD
Program Director, Washington County Zero Suicide

Planning Committee
Jennifer Maloney
Coordinator, Office of CME
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Susan A. Orban, LICSW 
Director, South County Healthy Bodies, Health Minds
Coordinator, Washington County Zero Suicide Program

Maria Sullivan
Director,  Office of CME 
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Jan Ulrich, MA
Zero Suicide Institute
Education Development Center



In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.


Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speakers and planning committee members* have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:

Robert Harrison, MD*
Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, SAP, CCM
Jennifer Maloney*
Susan Orban, LICSW*
Maria Sullivan, BS*



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Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.



This training is funded by Grant SM-17-006 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and South County Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education.

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is approved by the RI Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program.

This activity is approved for 1.5 Category 1 CE Credits. Credits available to RI licensed psychologists only.

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The above program has been approved in accordance with the Regulations of the Rhode Island Social Work Board of Licensure for 1.5 credits. 

Other Healthcare Providers

 Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Many other disciplines accept AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM towards re-licensure or recertification. Check with your state licensing board to verify.



There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the presentation
  • Complete the quiz with a passing score of 80% or higher, as well as the activity evaluation. You will then have immediate access to claiming credit and obtaining your certificate. 

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.50 APA
  • 1.50 Attendance
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This course is offered through Brown Alpert Medical School. 

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Suicide Prevention