Sharing – We tell suicidal people to go to therapy. So why are therapists rarely trained in suicide?

I have to admit, I did not know this.

“A 2012 paper by the American Association of Suicidology cites decades of studies that underscore the training gap, and experts say not much has changed in the last several years. It found about half of psychology students receive formal classroom training on suicide during their graduate education. Only about 25% of social workers receive any suicide prevention training. Marriage and family therapists had even less. Most psychiatrists receive some instruction, but many experts agree it’s insufficient. “

There are many reasons why, and examples of how this impacts patient care in the article below, I highly recommend reading the whole thing, but at the end of it all, I just keep asking the same question.

How do we change this? How do we make sure therapists have some training in suicide prevention?

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