An important goal of the federal government’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Goal 7), as well as Utah’s Suicide Prevention Coalition Plan 2017-2021, is to ensure community and clinical health care providers are trained in evidence-based suicide-specific assessments, management, and delivery of effective clinical care. One of Utah’s goals is to “promote the adoption of the “Zero Suicide” framework by health and behavior health care providers statewide”. To accomplish this goal, the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition lists the use of CAMS (the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality), an evidenced-based, suicide specific assessment, intervention and treatment for suicidal ideation.
Suicide Rates in Utah
Utah is ranked 9th in the nation for its high suicide rate. Throughout the state of Utah, suicide is the:
Overall, suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in Utah.
More than 16 times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.
53.3% 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. 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.
Farmers and ranchers in rural areas are at increased risk of suicide due to a variety of factors, including lack of access to mental health care. One strategy to address this is to provide mental health care to rural communities through telehealth. CAMS has been successfully administered using telepsychology in a variety of settings, including rural and frontier regions of the intermountain West of the United States, and the U.S. Army’s Warrior Resiliency Program in San Antonio, Texas for suicidal soldiers in geographically remote locations. CAMS is a highly interactive and collaborative structure that engages the patient in their own treatment and has been shown to be effective across a variety of settings.
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.
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.
Learn more about how CAMS addresses mental health. Find a CAMS Trained clinician in Utah.
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.
Dr. David Jobes, the creator of CAMS, and Natalie Burns, one of our expert CAMS Consultants, discuss the benefits of outpatient treatment for people with serious thoughts of suicide and how the use of the Suicide Status Form reduces malpractice risk for clinicians. You can learn more on this topic by watching our Malpractice & Ethical Issues Video Course.
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.