February 11, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Virtual Event
Nevada Psychological Association

Suicide Prevention and Awareness in the Time of COVD-19: Caring for Our Patients and Ourselves

Presented by Megan Freeman, Ph.D.
Friday, February 11th, 2022  9:00am – 11:00am
2 Suicide CE Credits

Due to covid-19 pandemic, this workshop will be presented as a live, virtual presentation via Zoom webinar. Participants will be able to communicate with the presenter in real-time during the course of instruction.

Approved for NV Psychologists, LCSWs and MFTs.
NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

About the Workshop:
This presentation will provide an evidence-based update on deaths by suicide in Nevada and nationwide. Additionally, in light of an abundance of anecdotal evidence and media sensationalism related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop will provide evidence-based information about changes in national and international prevalence of behavioral health concerns; suicidal ideation and behavior; and deaths by suicide. Participants will learn what steps they need to take in their everyday practice to address increases in suicidal behavior and deaths by suicide. Participants will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their practice and how it is impacting them personally, to the extent they are comfortable sharing. The group will discuss strategies to maintain physical and psychological health so that we can thrive personally during this time of global crisis, and so we can provide the best possible care to patients. Policy and legislative updates on 988, mobile crisis response, crisis stabilization, and crisis residential services will be described. The format will be didactic and discussion based, with questions encouraged throughout.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
1) Summarize national and local statistics related to death by suicide.
2) Identify meaningful changes in prevalence of behavioral health concerns, suicide ideation and attempts, and death by suicide in both children and adults, as reported in the scientific literature since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic.
3) Discuss the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color and low-income communities.
4) Referencing guidance from the National Office of Suicide Prevention, describe the importance of their role as a healthcare provider and the specific steps they need to take in preventing suicide.
5) Summarize the State of Nevada’s plan for implementing federal legislation relating to 988, a single phone number for mental health crisis, mandated to go live nationwide on July 16, 2022.

This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology.

About the Presenter:
Megan Freeman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and serves as the state’s Children’s Behavioral Health Authority. Dr. Freeman was trained at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Freeman’s background and expertise is in public mental health systems, state legislation and policy, Medicaid policy development and implementation, and program evaluation and quality improvement in community mental health settings. She is experienced in stakeholder engagement, cross-system collaboration, and applied implementation of evidence-based practices for children and families.


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