Addressing Suicide Potential and Prevention in Rural and Frontier Areas and Development of a Suicide-Prevention Training Protocol
This research project proposes (1) to develop a promising statistical method for identifying rural areas with above-average potential for suicidal behavior among residents of these areas, and (2) to develop a report that describes promising "best practices" on the part of rural-based primary care providers (PCPs), which include primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician's assistants, aimed at suicide prevention in clients of rural PCPs. This "best practices" report will be developed as a training video for PCPs. A pilot study with 20 PCPs will assess and evaluate it for improvement purposes.
Addressing Suicide Potential and Prevention in Rural and Frontier Areas: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers
WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
Suicide rates in rural areas are significantly higher than they are in urban areas for men of all ages and for young women. Research shows that many people visit their primary care physician instead of a mental health provider for mental health problems. A Suicide Prevention Toolkit for rural primary care providers is provided.