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Lethal Means Safety Training Webinar

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Thursday, April 18 or Tuesday April 23 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM (same webinar, two different dates)

Join us for an impactful training that will build confidence in your ability to address lethal means safety with patients. In the context of suicide prevention, “lethal means” are objects that can be used to engage in suicidal behavior, and “lethal means counseling” starts with assessing whether a person at risk for suicide has access to a firearm or other lethal means and working with them and/or their family and support system to limit their access until they are no longer at elevated risk. Suicide is preventable and taking steps to promote lethal means safety by creating time and space while intervening when someone is in crisis can save a life. This 90-minute training is an opportunity to build these skills so you can feel more comfortable in having these challenging conversations with patients in the future.

In this training, Sheila Nelson, Program Manager for Maine Suicide Prevention Program, examines best-practices regarding lethal means safety and lethal means safety counseling. She will: review different types of lethal means; address the importance of TIME and SPACE while intervening when someone is in crisis; introduce safety planning as an opportunity to open conversations; examine the theoretical and practical considerations around access to lethal means; and provide participants an opportunity to consider and respond to scenarios to help develop confidence in talking about lethal means. As a result of this training, participants will understand the different components of lethal means safety counseling and will feel more comfortable having challenging conversations about lethal means with patients who are in crisis.

There is no fee for this training.

For more information, please contact Ashley Cleary: acleary@mepca.org or (207) 707-4540.


Maine Primary Care Association