Suicide Awareness & Referral for Dental Professionals | Repeat

  • Sat, May 30, 2020 | 8:30 AM - Sat, May 30, 2020 | 11:30 AM

Jennifer Stuber, PhD

Jennifer Stuber, PhD

CE Credits:

Suicide is among the most pressing public health issues of our time. Scientific American recently called the U.S. suicide rate “nothing short of an epidemic,” with one life lost every 11.7 minutes. Washington’s suicide rate is 11 percent higher than the national average, with almost 1,300 suicide deaths in 2017, nearly twice the number of lives lost to opioid overdose and more than we lose to traffic crashes. Dental professionals are at higher risk for suicide than other professions and often see patients who may be at risk. This three-hour training has been prepared with the dental professional in mind to help increase awareness of and confidence to help prevent suicide.

This lecture has been approved by the Washington State Department of Health and meets the state’s requirement for all health care professionals, including dentists and hygienists, to take a three-hour suicide awareness course.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand suicide’s impact in the dental profession and community.
  • Explore the suicidal mindset and the role of dental professional teams in preventing suicide.
  • Learn suicide prevention skills for use in your professional and personal life.
  • Integrate prevention approaches into staff and patient care.

Subject: ​​Suicide ​Awareness
Primary Audience(s): Dentist, Hygienist
Additional Audience(s): EFDA/Dental Assistant, Front Office

Speaker Bio
Dr. Stuber was trained as a public health epidemiologist at Yale University and came to the UW to become a professor in the School of Social Work. As an assistant professor, she learned about the impact of suicide personally. With her background in public health and her platform as a professor at the leading school of social work in the nation, she has dedicated her professional life to the cause of suicide prevention. She co-founded Forefront Suicide Prevention in 2013. Forefront is an innovator in state policy and systems-focused efforts to increase attention and concrete action in the prevention of suicide. Forefront helps empower individuals and communities to take sustainable action in suicide prevention. It restores hope for those deeply concerned about the trends we are seeing in mental health and suicide by building a grass-roots effort focused on giving these issues the attention they deserve.