The Role of Senior Living Community Professionals in Preventing Suicide

Conference: 2016 Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention — Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Hope Across the Lifespan

Friday, May 06, 2016
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine Workshop/Presentation: B2: Late Life Suicide: Prevention and Intervention
Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Suicide prevention in older adulthood is made challenging by the high lethality of older adults’ suicidal behavior; few survive their first attempt to harm themselves. It is critical that professionals who work with older adults know what factors place older adults at increased risk for suicide, how to enhance protective factors against those risks, how to recognize warning signs and intervene early. Participants will also have an opportunity to reflect on the possible impact of the national movement to expand access to physician assisted suicide in the broader context of late life suicide. This interactive workshop will use actual life stories to frame our discussion and promises to be both thought-provoking and practical.