Youth Suicide Prevention CME Series

Practical Approaches to Youth Suicide Prevention


Pediatric health professionals routinely interact with individuals at risk for suicide. The responsibility of pediatric physicians and advanced practice providers to assess, intervene, and monitor suicidality presents opportunities to save young lives. Such responsibility also poses challenges to clinicians who may feel themselves ill-prepared by lack of specific suicide prevention training and insufficiently supported by complex multi-sector care systems, particularly in the context of surging mental health needs related to COVID-19 and the national opioid crises.

Multiple workforce surveys indicate that many healthcare providers, including mental health professionals, report a lack confidence in their abilities to manage suicide risk and indicate having received minimal, or no, education about how best to help those at risk of suicide. The 2019 survey of American Academy of Pediatrics members found most pediatricians (81%) had a patient attempt or die by suicide, although only 61% reported always screening for suicide risk, and a minority (9%) used a suicide-specific tool.  The majority of respondents (86%) endorsed interest in additional training on suicide prevention: 23% were very interested; 38% were moderately interested and 35% characterized themselves as somewhat interested.

 In 2021, AAP (with AACAP and CHA) issued a Call to Action, citing the urgent need for strategies to meet the challenges of soaring rates of youth depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidality.  Last year, the AAP produced a Blueprint for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

This 3-part webinar series will review these new evidence-based recommendations for ambulatory primary care suicide prevention and community collaboration.  The series will also offer an update of key national, state and local resources available to pediatric health professionals and their patient families.




  • You must login and “enroll” in each webinar to participate and claim credit. Each webinar will generate an individual certificate upon completion of the webinar post-test and evaluation.
  • Your CME certificate will use the name and credentials in your profile. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
    • Once you have logged in, ensure that you create your profile and it is up-to-date and correct by clicking the "Edit Your Profile" button or by clicking here.
    • Make sure you set your first and last names.
    • Please add your credentials to the last name field ex: "Smith, MD." Otherwise, your certificate will list your login email address.
    • Click “Update” at the bottom of the page to save changes.
  • When you complete the video lesson, you must complete the post-test and evaluation in order to claim credit.
  • Note: a score of 100% is required to earn the CME certificate.
  • To begin any course, first make sure you click the BLUE LOGIN BUTTON and either enroll yourself or enter your login credentials from previous webinars in this series. After you have logged in or enrolled please click on one of the three webinars listed below. 


Ensure your personal information is correct and your credentials (MD, DO, etc.) are added to the last name field of your profile so those credentials are added to your CME certificates.

Also, make sure you complete the demographic information on your profile, so we can accurately report participation.  Your personal information will not be shared without your permission.

You will be returned to this page after you've saved your changes.

If you do not add your name and credentials to your profile, they will not appear on your certificate.