Culturally Responsive and Socially Distanced Suicide Prevention: Safety Planning and Other Resources in Pandemic Times

Original Webinar Date: 7/31/20

This recorded webinar presentation addresses evidence-based strategies for suicide prevention. Situated within the unique stressors of shelter-in-place orders, this webinar was tailored to teletherapy and discussed the distinct factors related to suicidal crises among diverse populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants learned how to guide clients in creating Safety Plans tailored to their specific needs and cultural strengths with the limited resources available under social distancing orders. Audiences were introduced to a curated list of free videos for clinicians and clients on suicide prevention-related topics including means restriction, emotion regulation techniques, Emotional First Aid, and normalizing messages of hope from people who have survived suicide. This webinar paid particular attention to social determinants of health related to elevated suicide rates among various populations including LGBTQ people, Veterans, Native Americans, and Latina youth and young adults.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand Linehan’s (1993) Theory of Emotion Regulation.
  • Develop three skills clients can use to self-regulate their emotions to prevent or manage a suicidal crisis.
  • Learn how to support diverse clients in creating culturally specific Safety Plans.
  • Gain insight into COVID-19 specific suicide-related risks and identify available suicide prevention resources during the pandemic.
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