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Suicide Prevention and the Aging Population


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Loss of social contact, loss of loved ones, body betrayal, and increased isolation are common experiences for the elderly and can result in depression and suicidal ideation. This session supports social service providers in contemplating the risk factors and support options for caring for an elder who may be experiencing suicidality. From assessing threats, to addressing means, and engaging the elder in a safety plan, this course will offer both considerations and strategies to increase hope in this population and keep them safe.



By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Highlight the research and its deficits in including the needs and realities of elders in their studies.
  2. Offer a review of risk factors and threats of which providers should be aware when assessing the needs of elders who are at risk for suicidal ideation.
  3. Offer strategies, considerations, and a space to reflect on the opportunities providers have in identifying and addressing situations in which an elder is suicidal.



picLaura Hinds, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with experience in medical, behavioral and mental health settings.  Laura has had the pleasure of working with high acuity special needs populations and their providers for over 22 years.  An alumna and instructor at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice for 13 years, and Bryn Mawr’s School of Social Work and Social Research’s for the past 4 years, Laura has supported the learning and education of new social workers, veterans in the field, and their interdisciplinary partners.  With a focus on trauma, human and gender development, racial equity, and crisis intervention Laura supports special needs populations and those who serve them.   




In order to be eligible for the 1.75 contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Zoom platform.

Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.


Starts: Sep. 21, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Sep. 21, 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
September 21, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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