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Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk in the Emergency Department

The Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk in the Emergency Department (RRSR-ED) is a one-day training program for Emergency Department (ED) personnel to improve skills in triaging, screening, assessing, treating and making discharge dispositions for patients at risk of suicide.  

The ED is the prime location for making life-saving interventions.  As many as one in 10 suicides are by people seen in the ED within two months of their deaths, many with non-psychiatric complaints. Using 2014 US data, this amounts to an estimated 4,300 suicides potentially prevented.  In addition, the number of annual ED visits for self-injury number in the hundreds of thousands; while the number of mental health visits amount to a multiple of that. 

The one-day training is designed for - MDs, RNs, PAs, and NPs who work in the emergency department.

The RRSR-ED training covers in-depth:

  • Triaging suicidal patients
  • Legal/ethical issues
  • Adult and pediatric patient issues
  • Recognizing suicide risk in patients who deny having suicide ideation
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Development of treatment and discharge plans
  • Difficult to treat patients

The training meets Joint Commission recommendations, and offers extensive case applications and illustrative vignettes, as well as a training manual, references, resources, and a certificate of attendance.

CE credits are included with the training. Optional CME credits are available. 

*Hosted trainings are available Fall 2017 – contact Jennifer Tinch – for fees and other information.* 

“This training is chock full of concepts, tips, amazing cases (and a wealth of them), and opportunities for interaction and experiential learning.  All ED personnel need this training.”

---Jon S. Berlin, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine; 

Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a world-leader in developing and providing professional training programs to mental and physical health providers regarding suicidal individuals. 

Continuing Education 


Psychologists: The American Association of Suicidology is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Association of Suicidology maintains responsibility for the program and its content.   


Social Workers: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886455354-5485) for 6.5 continuing education contact hours.

Counselors: American Association of Suicidology has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5607. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AAS is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.   



ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Utah and American Association of Suicidology. The University of Utah is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: None of the faculty or planners or anyone in control of content for this continuing medical education activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not cover any products/services of a commercial interest; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 


Nurses:  This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Emergency Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


This activity is approved for 6.5 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 0.0 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 17082788. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.


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