May 26, 2017

Care providers getting free training in preventing suicide

Suicide prevention awareness is high during Mental Health Month

SEATTLE – Kaiser Permanente Washington is making available a free online continuing medical education course to train health care providers in suicide prevention. The training program helps providers comply with Washington state-mandated requirements and is one more way in which Kaiser Permanente is committed to the total health of its members and the communities it serves.

“Screening and assessment of suicide risk in medical settings is crucial to providing safety and treatment to a potentially suicidal patient,” said Brad Steinfeld, PhD, a Kaiser Permanente behavioral health specialist.

Suicide currently is the 10 th leading cause of death in the United States. Research shows that half of people who commit suicide have sought medical treatment within one month of their death. That means that medical providers are a key resource to identify and help prevent these tragedies.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to developing a zero suicide culture by systematically screening patients for risk and providing interventions through integrated behavioral health care,” Steinfeld added. “That’s why we developed this training module for our own providers and medical teams and to support our colleagues in the community.”

The training program is on the state approved list of training programs and helps meet the requirements of RCW 43.70.442.  It can be found at

The announcement comes as Kaiser Permanente has launched a number of activities around the country to coincide with National Mental Health Month during May. Kaiser Permanente’s “Find Your Words” public health awareness campaign focuses on TV, radio and online messages that talk about depression in an honest and inspiring way.

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