Online Education | Suicide Prevention Training

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What learners are saying—

"The UWCNE course on suicide prevention was so good it took the sting out of mandatory education." —Donna Poole, MSN, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, UW School of Nursing 2010 Preceptor of the Year 

“I chose this online training because it was easy to access and complete on my time table. It was very interesting and even fun at points!”
I don't work in mental health. I work in surgical extended observation services, but I think this introduction is very practical in the everyday life of people I come in contact with.”
“I didn't expect it to be so interactive but I learned a lot from doing the activities.”
“As a veteran, I appreciated the extra attention given to this group.”


Healthcare providers play a critical role in the recognition, prevention and treatment of suicidal behavior. With over 42,000 suicide deaths per year in the U.S., identifying risk and protective factors for suicide as well as strategies for intervention is vital. This course focuses on suicide and self-injury assessment, treatment and management, as well as suicide prevention in special populations including U.S. veterans.

Lectures were recorded at a conference presented in September 2016 in Seattle, Washington and will be available for three years.

This course is on the model list and meets the requirement for the State of Washington mandatory suicide prevention training for nurses (RCW 43.70.442). Teaching methods include handouts, interactive videos and case-studies with discussion. 

Who would benefit from this training

Registered nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, community and public health nurses, nurse educators, licensed practical nurses, physicians, physician assistants, occupational therapists, social workers, counselors, community members and other interested healthcare professionals.

Discounts are available at checkout

Some agencies qualify for an employee/student discount at checkout. Please register, choose your affiliation, check out and submit your order. An order is required to complete your enrollment.

Registering someone else?

Please use the Group/Employee Registration Form. We will hand enroll your students and invoice your agency for payment.


At the conclusion of the course, participants will be better able to:

  1. Describe risk and protective factors influencing suicide risk.
  2. Discuss facilitators and barriers to implementing suicide prevention measures.
  3. Demonstrate suicide risk assessment, treatment and management skills.
  4. Apply suicide risk assessment, treatment and management strategies to case scenarios.


  • Introduction (Context, Attitudes, Statistics, Vocabulary, Additional Considerations)
  • Assessment (Risk Factors, Protective Factors, Screening/Special Considerations for Veterans and Active Duty Military)
  • Management (Safety Planning, Making a Safety Plan, Resources, Role Play)
  • Treatment (Hospitalization, Medication, Virtual Hope Box, Other Resources)
  • Other Dimensions of Importance (Role of Nurses, Self-Injury, Cultural Considerations, Postvention)

Completion Requirements

To earn contact hours for this activity:

  • Take the pre-test.
  • View and complete the interactive presentations.
  • Study the handouts.
  • Achieve 80% or higher on the post-test. You can take the post-test as many times as you wish.
  • Complete the evaluation. 

After submitting the evaluation, you can download and print your certificate. A record of contact hours earned will be in your account for six years.   


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Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 6.50 Contact hours

Sue Eastgard, MSW
Director of Training and Clinical Programs, Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, UW School of Social Work, Seattle

Sue Eastgard has over 30 years of experience in mental health and suicide prevention, including work as a clinician, manager and director of crisis services and suicide prevention efforts. Ms. Eastgard founded the Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State in 1999 and served as its director until June 2011. She is a certified facilitator for a variety of suicide assessment and intervention training programs.

Elaine Walsh, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Associate Professor, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, UW School of Nursing, Seattle

Elaine Walsh is certified as a Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has extensive experience working on suicide prevention with hospitals, schools and community-based organizations. In addition, she has trained and supervised clinicians working with high-risk individuals. Dr. Walsh’s research interests include prevention of suicide and co-occurring behaviors, program evaluation and translation of research interventions to community-based settings.

Planning Committee

  • Sue Eastgard, MSW, Director of Training and Clinical Programs, Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention/School of Social Work, UW, Seattle
  • Joan Riesland, MEd, BSN, RN, Lead Nurse Planner and Continuing Education Specialist, Continuing Nursing Education, UW School of Nursing, Seattle
  • Elaine Walsh, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor, Psychosocial and Community Health, UW School of Nursing, Seattle

Available Credit

  • 6.50 Contact hours

Activity Availability



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