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A SAMHSA sponsored webinar:

Suicide Prevention in Later Life: Connecting and Contributing
Monday, March 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM PDT - 12:30:00 PM PDT
Learning Objectives:
1.	Learners will describe at least two challenges to suicide prevention in later life that illustrate the importance incorporating upstream prevention strategies into a late life suicide prevention program.
2.	Learners will be able to state the rationale for targeting social relationships in suicide prevention in older adults.
3.	Learners will identify at least two empirically informed strategies for improving relationships for older adults that they can bring to their work.

This presentation will highlight the importance of suicide prevention in later life, with an emphasis on increasing social connectedness as a means for prevention. We will cover basic epidemiology of late-life suicide and how a contemporary theory of suicide (the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide) can inform prevention efforts by highlighting potential mechanisms. We will discuss four strategies for increasing social connectedness in later life that have been examined in studies by the presenter—peer companionship, volunteering, psychotherapy, and web-based social skills training. We will conclude by discussing a multifaceted intervention model for promoting social connectedness and reducing suicide risk in later life. 

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