Bringing Suicide Prevention into Primary Care

Conference: 2013 Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention — Taking Science into Practice

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013
DoubleTree by Hilton, South Portland Workshop/Presentation: Keynote | Bringing Suicide Prevention into Primary Care
Matthew Wintersteen, PhD

Primary care is well-positioned to screen for suicide risk, provide brief interventions, and triage to specialty mental health services. The focus of this session was on describing a successful model of youth suicide prevention in rural primary care practices in northeastern Pennsylvania. The model has several objectives, including training, routine screening, and integration of mental health services. While the Pennsylvania Model focuses on youth, it is also applicable to older patient populations.