Townhall: Start the Conversation to Stop Suicide


Suicide rates in the United States increased 24% from 1999 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, teens and young adults were most likely to attempt suicide, while adults 45 to 64 years of age were more likely to succeed and had the greatest increase in suicide overall.  Reasons for the increase range from depression, chronic pain, and opioid misuse to trauma and loss. As pharmacists regularly encounter patients who struggle with thoughts of suicide, it is vital they engage with patients and encourage them to open up. This session will provide a forum for pharmacists to learn how to start these difficult conversations related to depression, suicide, and recovery.

This session will be audio-recorded and offered as part of the Home-Study on Demand, included with Premium Registration or available for purchase on-site at the Education Booth.


Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1.  Identify risk factors and protective factors for depression and suicide in a given case example of a patient’s characteristics, co-occurring diagnoses, and medications.
  2. Select appropriate phraseology and reflective responses to include when speaking to a patient about depression and suicide.
  3. Compare depression treatment options regarding effectiveness, tolerability, monitoring, and patient counseling recommendations.
Julie Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences
University of Southern California
Learning Level: Level 1
Track: Pharmacist Clinical Patient Care Services, Community-Based Pharmacy Practice, Early New Practitioner, Advanced New Practitioner
Session Time Slot(s): 
Saturday, March 23
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Washington State Convention Center - Ballroom 6E
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-19-050-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .1
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