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Suicide is a large and growing public health problem. While mental health providers certainly have a key role to play in suicide prevention, the data support more universal screening for potential suicidality. There is an emergent need to educate all health care professionals broadly to create a health care system that can more universally deliver compassionate preventative care and treatment of suicidal patient. Suicide prevention education must include practical skills for using evidence-based tools for a complete assessment, triage, and treatment planning following a positive screen, and skills for basic brief interventions for those individuals with suicidality not requiring urgent inpatient care, including safety planning and lethal means restriction. The experience of losing a patient to suicide can have a profound effect on providers, especially when it occurs during training. Therefore, it is essential that institutions develop comprehensive programming for responding to a suicide when one takes place.

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