Suicide assessment training held at Erie County Medical Center in effort to prevent suicides

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Today doctors, law enforcement and community members attended a suicide assessment training at ECMC. An internationally acclaimed innovator in suicide prevention shared a presentation.

ECMC has one of the busiest psychiatric rooms in the state with about 13,000 patients a year. Many patients have suicidal thoughts or have already made an attempt.

Dr. Shawn Christopher Shea taught the audience how to build a rapport with the person suspected of being suicidal so that it is easier to learn information.

“Clinical interviewing is about how to sit down and understand where they are as an individual, what brought them to that decision and then really what things we can put in place to prevent them from completing an act or doing it again in the future. Any attempt or any statement about suicide needs to be taken seriously so often we’re afraid to say the world suicide as clinicians and teachers as family members because we’re concerned as to whether or not that might make someone suicidal,” said Michael, Cummings, MD, ECMC Associate Medical Director.

If you are ever in need know that there is 24 7 help available. You can call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or use the online lifeline crisis chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp/lifelinechat.aspx

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