An important goal of the federal government’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Goal 7), as well as Maine’s Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan 2012-2017, is to ensure community and clinical health care providers are trained in evidence-based suicide-specific assessments, management and delivery of effective clinical care. A primary objective in Maine’s Strategic Plan is to “increase the number of professional organizations that develop, implement and promote effective clinical and professional practices for suicide prevention in Maine.”
Suicide Rates in Maine
The state of Maine is ranked the 22th in the nation for its suicide rate. Throughout the state of Maine, suicide is the:
Overall, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Maine.
More than 5 times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.
67.0% of communities did not have enough mental health providers to serve residents in 2020, according to federal guidelines.
Sources: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) & Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
The CAMS Framework has been proven through multiple randomized clinical trials to be the best assessment, intervention and treatment to reduce suicide ideation. Mental health professionals have reported that the CAMS Framework has given them a way to confidently treat suicidal patients effectively in only 6-8 sessions. And, more importantly, patients have reported that they like using the CAMS Framework. It is recommended by such groups as the Zero Suicide Initiative, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Sentinel Event Alert (PDF) by the Joint Commission.
While it is important that communities learn how to identify the signs of suicide risk, it is crucial to have a network of healthcare providers in place and trained in evidence-base suicide-specific treatment to whom people identified as suicidal may be immediately referred.
Maine’s Suicide Prevention Strategy promotes “training and education in effective suicide prevention strategies are essential for professionals in direct contact with individuals who may be at risk.” The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that “suicide prevention is most effective when direct service staff is trained and suicide prevention knowledge is integrated into organizations and agencies across the spectrum from service agencies, health care providers, first responders to employers.”
CAMS-care offers several training options to meet various learning styles and budgets, as well as the challenges of remote rural communities. The CAMS treatment is available via online training, in-person role-play training, consultation calls, ZOOM training, and more.
Learn more about how CAMS addresses mental health. Find a CAMS Trained clinician in Maine.
Below are the current requirements from this state for CE credits.
While training communities to identify the signs of suicide risk is important, it is not enough to effectively reduce the suicide rate. Legislation must be passed that requires all mental health professionals and primary care physicians to receive training in evidence-based, assessment, management, intervention, and treatment of suicide risk. Because, everyone deserves a life worth living.
CAMS-care offers training courses and materials for individuals and organizations. Our products allow professionals to earn CE credits to meet your state’s CE requirements:
The CAMS proven framework is introduced in Dr. Jobes book, “Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach“. The current edition includes evidence data from decades worth of extensive research and has a greater emphasis on how to implement CAMS in clinical settings. You may earn 6 CE credits after reading the book and passing the CE test.
CAMS-care offers engaging video training opportunities that gives professionals to earn 1 – 3 CE credits. We’ve offer training in addressing malpractice and ethical liability when working with suicidal patients, tips suggestions for working with difficult patients, and treating suicide risk with children and adolescents.
We also provide online and on-site Role-Play Training, Consultation Calls, and host Education Days for more hands-on approaches to the CAMS framework.