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Suicide Risk Assessment

May 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

In 2018, suicide rates in Alaska were 26.9 per 100,000 people, nearly double compared to the national rate of 14.0 per 100,000. For Alaska Native people, the rate was more than 3 times higher at 51.9 per 100,000. These rates have continued to increase each year. The State of Alaska’s published evidence-based practices to prevent suicide include: “enhance clinical and community preventive services to ensure availability of timely treatment and support services.” The first step in providing someone access to the services they need is to assess their risk for suicide and determine the necessary services. CHA’s, DHAT’s, and BHA’s work on the front lines and often have the first, and most frequent contact with people who may be at risk for suicide. In this 90-minute course, health aides will learn and practice how to ask direct questions about suicide to determine someone’s level of suicide risk. Review of common misconceptions, and risk, and protective factors will be conducted. Students will practice assessing, and assigning a level of risk and implementing the appropriate next steps to include safety planning, referral, deploying emergency services, and consultation using the BHA Training Center Levels of Risk chart.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn and practice asking direct questions about suicide.
  2. Be able to determine someone’s level of suicide risk.

Identify appropriate interventions depending on suicide risk level using the Levels of Risk chart.


May 7
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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