Suicide ECHO

Suicide Prevention in Health Care ECHO educates and empowers providers to competently and confidently treat individuals at risk for suicide. A multidisciplinary team of mental health experts will share information about best practices, plans and procedures. Primary care and emergency medicine providers, school officials, law enforcement personnel and other professionals who interact with the mental health community are encouraged to participate. The ECHO’s interactive online learning sessions will occur from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Fridays of the month. Click here to download flyer. Click below to register.


Goals and Objectives

  • Promote evidence-based tools for identifying and evaluating those at risk for suicide.
  • Teach best practices for treatment and application of care plans.
  • Create a community of practice for sharing resources and overcoming barriers to treatment.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with a team of experts in suicide prevention
  • Patients get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion

This ECHO’s case-based learning sessions will address such topics as:

  • Understanding Theories of Suicide
  • Current Topics in the Epidemiology of Suicide
  • Overview of Zero Suicide
  • How to Address Mental Health and Approach Patients
  • Triaging Suicidal Patients and Care Strategies
  • What is a Safety Plan and How Do I Implement It?
  • Importance of Follow-Up Care
  • Referring Patients to the Emergency Department
  • Develop Insight Into Community Resources
  • Self-Care
  • Populations for Great Risk
  • Working With Adolescents
  • How to Perform Risk Assessment
  • Assessment of Suicide
  • Current Topics in Assessment
  • Treatment of Suicide in Stigmatized Populations
  • Suicidality in Chronic Medical Illness
  • Pharmacological Treatment
  • What Evidenced Based Interventions Can Be Done Today to Prevent Suicide
  • Developing Institutional Support
  • Barriers in the System of Care That Might Negatively Impact Care for Suicidality
  • Postvention
  • Inpatient Care and Post Hospitalization Follow-Up

Meet the Expert Team

Bart Andrews, PhD, Lead Facilitator, Chief Clinical Officer, Behavioral Health Response

Julie Leber, DO, Psychiatrist, Compass Health

Randy Jotte, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician, Washington University School of Medicine

Rob Poirier, MD, MBA, Emergency Medicine Physician, Washington University School of Medicine

Rebecca Hensley-Ward, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Truman Medical Centers

Richard Nobles, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers

Beth Zimmer, MD, LTC (Ret) USAR, Family Medicine Primary Care Physician, Mercy (Retired)

Shelby Lang, PharmD, BCPP, Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist, Center for Behavioral Medicine

Kirsti Millar, MS, LPC, Case Manager, ReDiscover