SafeSide Primary CARE Learning Objectives
You know how to connect with your patients. When suicidal thoughts come up, it’s easy to lose that connection in an effort to assess the risk. Learn to:
- Ask directly and clearly about suicide without losing your connection with a patient.
- Plan for safety and motivate patients toward the goal of feeling better.
- Express your commitment to stick with the patient while also involving other resources.
Gather and summarize information that’s actionable, not just about “risk.”
- Use a consistent structure for gathering and communicating information.
- Base plans and decisions on the function of suicidal thoughts, the available resources, and the specific changes that could make things worse.
You’ve connected, you’ve assessed. Then what? SafeSide shows you four basic categories of effective and legally defensive actions:
- Use a set of evidence-based “one-liners” we call mini-interventions.
- Make initial plans for how the patient and others will respond to foreseeable changes that might increase risk.
- Increase contact and involve crisis care when indicated.
- Make relevant referrals and consultations for unmet needs.
You and your practice can extend the impact of initial responses into the patient’s life.
- Establish clear roles for family and other supports.
- Employ the suicide-related warm-handoff, whether you have co-located or off-site behavioural health.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for GP's, clinicians who work in primary care, nurses and training managers in health, behavioural health, and youth services settings, community organisations, doctors surgeries and hauora centers.
Our thanks to the Goodfellow Unit for their support with this training.
What is SafeSide?
SafeSide is an evidence-informed approach to caring interaction, assessment and support for youth and adults at risk for suicide.
The framework provides a common language and simple, practical steps so everyone is ready and clear-minded when patients disclose suicidal thinking.
Four core tasks incorporate best practices for supporting people at risk for suicide—no matter what your setting or role: Connect, Assess, Respond, and Extend.
The Care Framework also applies “fluid vulnerability theory” by focusing attention on identifying a person’s available resources and foreseeable changes—triggers that could increase risk—and how to plan for these.
The innovation at the heart of the Care Framework is a risk formulation model developed by SafeSide founder Anthony R. Pisani, Ph.D. and colleagues Daniel Murrie, Ph.D. and Morton M. Silverman, M.D. The Care Framework expands on the Commitment to Living (CTL) curriculum developed by Dr. Pisani.
For video-based suicide prevention training with ongoing expert interaction, please visit the Safeside website: https://safesideprevention.com.