Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention: Evidence & Implications

A White Paper

About the Course:

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention: Evidence and Implications is a White Paper that focuses on the current state of knowledge at the intersection of substance abuse and suicide. The first section focuses on the epidemiology of suicide itself. The second section provides an overview of what we know and do NOT know of the impact of substance abuse, including both drugs and alcohol, on suicide risk. The final section of the document explores suicide prevention within the public health context of behavioral health promotion and illness prevention.

Journal/Publisher:

SAMHSA

Publication Date:

2008

Author

Theodora Fine, M.A. (reviewer)

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about the implications of substance abuse and suicide. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss how suicide is a national and preventable public health problem.

  2. Identify the correlation between suicide and substance abuse.

  3. Explain the importance of adopting a public health approach to prevent suicide and behavioral disorders.

  4. Utilize the suicide prevention-related evidence-based practices and programs.

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