Mental Health Professionals

Most suicides that take place are associated with some form of mental illness, including substance abuse disorders. Approximately 90% people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric illness (major depression, bipolar depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, PTSD, etc.). In addition, 39% of Virginians who die by suicide were in treatment with a mental health professional at the time of their death.

The following information is a listing of trainings and resources for mental health professionals.

Resources and Training for Mental Health Professionals

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR)

RRSR is a two day interactive training based on established core competencies that mental health professionals need in order to effectively assess and manage suicide risk. The goal is for clinicians to be confident, competent, and prepared to meet the needs of distressed clients and their families..

Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) (Pocket Card)

Provides protocols for conducting a comprehensive suicide assessment, estimating suicide risk, identifying protective factors, and developing treatment plans and interventions responsive to the risk level of patients. Laminated SAFE-T cards are available from SAMHSA for free.

Treatment Options

for patients struggling with suicide listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: