Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Suicide Prevention

Presented By:
Stephen Welch, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Florida

Target Audience: Primary Care Physicians

Program Description:
This CME activity consists of an educational component (slides, audio lecture) in an electronic format, followed by an online post-test. Estimated time to complete this activity, including review of materials, is one hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

  • This CME activity consists of an educational component (audio lecture in an electronic format, which is followed by an online post-test).
  • Certificates are awarded upon successful completion (80% proficiency) of the post-test.
  • In order to receive credit, participants must view the presentation in its entirety.
  • The University of Florida College of Medicine will report CME credit to CE Broker when applicable.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the current understanding of death by suicide in the US Veteran population, the known impact of COVID to date, and list the actions VA has taken to stop suicide.
  • Discuss using data from Electronic Medical Records to identify patients at increased risk of death by suicide.
  • Increase one’s assessment skills of identifying risks for death by suicide and identify three uniquely dangerous risk factors.
  • Collaboratively plan with patients on a suicide prevention safety plan to address risk factors and re-enforce protective factors to prevent death by suicide.

Faculty Disclosure: 

Dr. Welch has disclosed that he has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

CME Advisory Committee Disclosure
Conflict of interest information for the CME Advisory Committee members can be found on the following website: (Links to an external site.).

CME Credit:
Accreditation: The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Resources for Further Study

  1. Drapeau, C.W., & McIntosh, J. L. (for the American Association of Suicidology). (2020). U.S.A. suicide: 2018 Official final data. Washington, DC: American Association of Suicidology, dated February 12, 2020, downloaded from
  2. 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report. Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Washington, D.C.
  3. National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide 2018-2028. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Washington, D.C.

Release Date: December 2, 2020

Expiration Date: December 1, 2023

Section #s: 1429, 2175, 3037

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