Suicide Prevention

Purpose: Approximately 45 percent of all individuals who die by suicide visited a primary care physician in the month preceding their death. Yet according to the Utah Behavioral Health Workforce Suicide Prevention Survey, only 57 percent of physicians said they were confident in their skills to help/assist a suicidal individual. This training will provide physicians with training and resources in suicide screening and risk assessment/triage, brief evidence-based interventions to reduce suicide risk, skills in communicating with patients at risk of suicide, and an increased understanding of available resources. 

Learning Objectives

Following this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of suicide
  2. Identify the warning signs and risk factors for suicide
  3. Assess a patient’s suicide risk
  4. Develop a safety plan with the patient
  5. Access available resources

Continuing Education

The UMA Foundation is accredited by the Utah Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UMA Foundation designates this internet activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Eligibility Information

See MOC Eligibility tab for information. 


All those involved in the planning and presentation of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This activity is supported by a grant from the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

Course Date

Release Date: July 16, 2020

Expiration Date: July 16, 2023

You must complete the initial self-assessment, the educational module, and the evaluation in order to receive credit. The evaluation will test your knowledge; you must receive at least a 80 percent on the T/F and Multiple Choice to receive credit. In addition, you must complete a thoughtful self-reflection statement before your CME certificate can be sent. You will receive an electronic certificate of award or certificate of completion after you finish the activity.

For questions about this education content, please contact Kim Meyers at


 Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Obtain ABIM ID at


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

Obtain ABP ID at (pediatrics).

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means- Utah (CALM-Utah)

Register: (This link will direct you to a different learning management site.)

Conversations about suicide can be uncomfortable. When the stakes are high, effectively engaging with a patient to encourage safety can be difficult. Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) will teach how to ask a suicidal client or patient about their access to lethal means, while working with the patient and families to reduce their access. CALM provides education on how to effectively communicate about means reduction in a supportive and engaging method. This allows the patient and family to engage in personal problem-solving and set acceptable goals to reduce access to lethal means while in a crisis. CALM gives the provider concrete tools and sample language to support this process and follow up care.