The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has launched a new training tool, an app called Suicide Safe, for behavioral health and primary care providers.
Suicide Safe is based on the suicide assessment five-step evaluation and triage (SAFE-T) practice guidelines. Providers can use the app to learn the five steps in the SAFE-T practice guidelines, download the guidelines to work in offline mode, learn how other providers have used the SAFE-T approach through case studies, and access conversation starters as well as other tips for speaking with patients about suicide. The app also lists crisis line phone numbers and offers a location finder feature so physicians can refer patients to the appropriate behavioral treatment center.
“Suicide devastates lives throughout all parts of our nation, but it is a public health issue that is preventable and SAMHSA working to provide people on the front lines with resources they need to save lives,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a statement. “Suicide Safe is a major step forward in suicide prevention. The app gives behavioral and primary care providers an essential and modern prevention tool at their fingertips to help address suicide risk with their patients.”
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