Preventing Elder Suicide


4 hours


9 lessons


Taught by 3 Expert Faculty

You will receive the access key to the course within 24 hours of your purchase.

Older adult suicide is a major public health problem. Older adults attempt suicide less often but are more likely to die on a first attempt. They are more frail, more isolated, and according to the World Health Organization have the highest rates of suicide in the world. To address this sliver tsunami of deaths by suicide, this skills-based training program is designed to prepare and enable the eldercare workforce to recognize and respond effectively to emerging suicide risk in older adults.

The Preventing Elder Suicide course is an expanded version of the 90-minute QPR training program. Requiring 4 hours, this course includes how to recognize suicide warning signs, how to intervene immediately to reduce risk, and how to employ existing best practice tools to assess and manage known suicide risk.

Modularized in a rich mix of text, video, voice-over PowerPoint™ lectures, interactive practice sessions, and other state-of-the-art e-learning technologies, this training program provides a dynamic, evidence-based foundation to suicide risk reduction practices.

What this training program is not

This training is not a substitute for a college degree in counseling or other mental health profession. The program does not teach suicide risk assessment skills. Suicide risk assessment training is provided in QPRT 2.0 Suicide Risk Assessment, Detection, and Management Pro

Upon completion, participants should be able to

Understand suicide as a major public health problem
Understand the scope of the problem of suicide in ageing populations
Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
Identify unique verbal, behavioural, and situational suicide warning signs
Be familiar with best-practice tools for screening and assessing risk
Know how to inquire about suicidal intent and desire
Recognize late-life psychiatric problems and suicide
Recognize at least three suicide warning signs
Recognize at least three risk factors for suicide
Recognize at least three protective factors against suicide
Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and intent to act to intervene with suicidal people and patients
Describe social isolation as a risk factor and how to reduce that risk
Know how to engage and assist an older adult.
Be familiar with warm “hand-off” procedures to alert staff of risk
Know how to engage and assist a suicidal colleague or co-worker
Describe "means reduction" and why it is important
Describe and locate referral resources and how to access them
Describe documentation decisions regarding care and referral
Demonstrate and carry out an effective follow-up for continuity of care


Please note that our courses are not certified for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) credits. Online courses do not come with the supervision necessary to practise in real life situations. Participant accounts will remain active for one year from the date of purchase, allowing ample time to complete the course.

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